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Coroner suspends inquest after friends see man at Airlie

Matthew Shirvington, 28, was last seen working in Airlie Beach.
Matthew Shirvington, 28, was last seen working in Airlie Beach.

A CORONER has suspended an inquest into the death of a New South Wales man after it was revealed his friends had recently spotted him working at Airlie Beach.

Matthew Shirvington, 28, is suspected of faking his own suicide after he went missing from his Cooma home in June last year.

Two Airlie Beach businesses have confirmed Mr Shirvington worked for them last year under the name Charlie Thompson.

It is believed he worked in a restaurant for a short period of time before leaving to work in a cafe.

The cafe owner said Mr Shirvington "walked out" after about a week at the business.

"That was in December," the owner said.

He believed Mr Shirvington was living in backpackers' accommodation at the time.

The cafe owner said he hadn't heard "a word" from the man since he walked out of the cafe.

A New South Wales Coroners Court spokesman said that the inquest into Mr Shirvington's death had been terminated this week after two school friends spotted him working at the Airlie Beach cafe last December.

"It was over very quickly," the spokesman said.

"He was alive so there's no verdict for the inquest."

New South Wales police are appealing for anyone with any information about Mr Shirvington to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A NSW police media spokesperson said Mr Shirvington fled the Airlie Beach café after one of his friends tried to make contact with him.

Police searched Airlie Beach extensively after the sighting was reported but found no trace of Mr Shirvington, the spokesperson said.

His car was found facing Bengello Beach, on the NSW south coast, after he first went missing.

Empty alcohol bottles and a suspected suicide note that said "I'm sorry" were found in the car, along with Mr Shirvington's identification.

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