Ian Hamilton's family want answers a year on from his death

Seeking answers: Ian Hamilton (pictured) was last seen at Wellington's Federal Hotel on May 3, 2018 and his body was found near the junction of the Bell and Curra Creek several weeks later. Photo: File.
Seeking answers: Ian Hamilton (pictured) was last seen at Wellington's Federal Hotel on May 3, 2018 and his body was found near the junction of the Bell and Curra Creek several weeks later. Photo: File.

It has been over a year since the body of Ian Hamilton was found deceased in Wellington but his family are still searching for answers.

Mr Hamilton was last seen at the Federal Hotel on May 3, 2018 and his body was found near the junction of the Bell and Curra Creek on May 30.

His stepson Mike Nolan said those few weeks while he was missing were hard because the family just didn't know what was happening.

Twelve months on the family still don't have any answers as to why he was found in that location. Mr Nolan said the family are devastated and there is no closure.

They just want to know the circumstances surrounding what happened the night he went missing and the answers as to why he was kilometres from town.

Mr Hamilton wasn't a mobile person and wore thick glasses, Mr Nolan said.

"It was almost physically impossible for him to get to where he was (found) by himself," Mr Nolan said.

Mr Nolan said Mr Hamilton had only been in Wellington a couple of weeks, didn't know the area and it was very out of character for him to be there by himself.

Mr Nolan believes somebody was with him and knows something.

"If it was an accident we would like to know the circumstances. Not a lot of things like that happen in Wellington," he said.

"The family have no answers..."

Mr Hamilton went missing during Wellington's show weekend, which is held at the Showground near where his body was found.

"There would of been a lot of activity going on around there...," Mr Nolan said.

Orana Mid-Western Police District Inspector Dan Skelly said there is no indication that any third party was involved in Mr Hamilton's death.

"We believe it may have been misadventure," he said.

Inspector Skelly said police are interested to hear from people who may have seen Mr Hamilton.

"We would like to know how he got there. Did he walk there, did someone give him a lift there? Did someone see him in the area? Does someone know something that they haven't come forward with? The family and police are interested in piecing this puzzle together," he said.

Inspector Skelly is appealing to the community to contact police if they have any information, regardless of how insignificant they think it may be.

"It may be the piece of information that gives us a better idea of what occurred," he said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.