25 Jun 2009

Missing boy declared presumed dead after 68 years

8:24 am on 25 June 2009

A mystery surrounding a Wellington schoolboy's disappearance 68 years ago remains unsolved, but the Coroner has now declared that he is presumed dead.

Ronald Alfred Oldham, aged nine, known as Ronnie, disappeared in February 1941 while playing on the Miramar Wharf.

His sister, Maureen Boyd, who was one year old when Ronnie disappeared, gave evidence at an inquest last month and presented newspaper clippings from 1941 on the exhaustive police search.

No trace of the boy was ever found.

Coroner, Gary Evans, said there had been a 'thunder of silence' in the 68 years since Ronnie disappeared and he is satisfied he is missing, presumed dead.