Canberra Police have this week revealed a shocking end to one of Australia’s most infamous missing person’s case.

Police estimate that sometime in late 2009 a group of five friends – integrity, philosophy, rationality, vision and compassion – disappeared from the nation’s capital.  They were last seen walking along Parliament Drive in nation’s capital at around 10pm on a cool spring night.  In the years since their disappearance there have been several reported sightings, however none could ever be substantiated.

For years the case has baffled authorities as they have searched desperately for a lead in the case.  Appeals for public assistance have also proved futile.  Most famously, in August 2010, a police re-enactment showed what they might have looked like since their disappearance; however this only succeeded in confusing the public even more.  Insiders admit that they never really expected the so called ‘Canberra 5’ to be found alive.

The police re-enactment in 2010 did not open any leads in the case.
The police re-enactment in 2010 did not open any leads in the case.

This week, following an anonymous tip off from a caller in Tasmania, that widely held belief was proven to be true, when the remains of the ‘Canberra 5’ were discovered in a shallow grave in Western Sydney.

The bodies are now undergoing an autopsy and despite the cause of death being unknown at this stage, police have revealed that the nation should prepare itself for a shock.  Detectives have revealed that the bodies are badly bruised, scarred and show signs of starvation and stab wounds.  Police would not comment further on the state of the bodies, except to say the apparent ferocity of the attacks has been a shocking discovery.

The shallow grave where the 5 bodies were discovered.
The shallow grave where the 5 bodies were discovered.

Canberra is something of a hotspot for missing person’s cases, with truth, honesty and goodwill often going missing.  However they always resurface, albeit briefly, and their frequent disappearances are now taken less seriously by authorities.

The attention of the police has now turned to finding the perpetrators of the crime.  They are investigating multiple leads and expect the search to be nation wide, beginning in Canberra itself.

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