Information sought regarding historical disappearance of Ian David Nichols

Tasmania Police are revisiting the case of Missing Person, Ian David Nichols, who was last seen at Lake Sorell, Tasmania on or around 18 September 1989.

Mr Nichols, aged 51 at the time, and a group of associates attended the Vietnam Veteran’s retreat at Dago Point, Lake Sorell on 14 September 1989. Mr Nichols remained behind after the others returned to Hobart. He was later reported missing by his family.

A coronial inquest was held regarding Mr Nichols disappearance in 2012 with the coroner finding that he is presumed dead.

Based on investigations to date, Tasmania Police believes that Mr Nichols died on or around 18 September 1989 and is consequently seeking information from the public that may help in determining what happened to Mr Nichols and to assist in locating his remains.

Detective Inspector Troy Morrisby said that police investigations were never closed and revisiting historical cases was routine.

“Families always deserve answers to what happened to their loved ones, and we owe it to them to find those answers.”

“We’ve recently been in the Lake Sorell area revisiting Mr Nichols last known movements and we’re currently going through the process of speaking with people who either saw or spoke with Mr Nichols in the days leading up to his disappearance.”

“We are asking anyone with information relating to Ian Nichols to come forward and speak with us.”

Information can be provided to Glenorchy CIB on 131 444 or through Crime Stoppers online at – information can be provided anonymously.

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