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Broome skeletal remains identified as Brisbane man Brian Pedder; family suspect snakebite

ABC News ABC News 11/11/2015
Brian Pedder's remains were found at Coconut Well, about 20 kilometres north of Broome. © WA Police Brian Pedder's remains were found at Coconut Well, about 20 kilometres north of Broome.

Police have identified skeletal remains found in bush near the Western Australian town of Broome as those of a Queensland man who arrived in the state late last year.

The human remains were found near Coconut Well last month, about 20 kilometres north of the town.

Police have confirmed the dead man as Brian Pedder, who was 46 years old when he flew into Broome in December last year.

The last confirmed sighting of Mr Pedder was at a Cable Beach resort on Christmas Eve.

His family have told the ABC they believe he died from a snake bite.

His niece from Brisbane, Tracy, said he was one of nine children, but she described him as a loner.

She said police investigating his death do not believe he met with foul play.

"They just presume that it was like a snake bite," she said.

"That's come back from the coroner's report. Where his remains were found, there was nothing sinister about it, they just think he's been bitten by a snake.

"It was bad luck really. He was basically living there [in the bush] because he'd run out of money, run out of food."

She said her uncle was not married.

"None of us know why he went to Broome," she added.

"He was in Brisbane for a long period of time, we don't know why he took off to Broome."

Detectives investigating his death say he arrived in the area by plane on December 1, 2014.

Police want to speak with anyone who may have seen him in the months after his arrival.

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