The young lad was sent at 5am with an urgent message to his father's camp, 25 miles west of Mulline. He had a supply of water with him on his bicycle. The father, who had been expecting the message, became uneasy at not receiving it, and on Saturday, started to come in to Mulline. About three-quarters of a mile from the camp, he saw the tracks of a bicycle, which had turned back in the direction of Mulline. Being alarmed, he followed it back for some miles and found the bicycle by the road but no signs of the boy. Darkness had set in and he at once made for Mulline, where he secured a search party. The Riverina mine car was despatched to Menzies for the police and trackers but before their arrival, the boy's dead body was found on the roadside, about 12 miles from Mulline. At the inquest which followed, the following verdict was recorded: "That the deceased met his death on or about January 24, from the effect of a sun stroke and exposure."