Bodies of Australian girl, 17, and Kiwi tour guide may NEVER be found

Bodies of Australian girl, 17, and Kiwi tour guide may NEVER be found and could have drifted away with the tide after volcano eruption

  • Winona Langford, 17, and Hayden Marshall-Inman, 40, have not been found 
  • Police believe both their bodies have been washed from the crater into the sea 
  • Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement said chances of finding bodies are slim

Two bodies missing after the White Island eruption may never be found. 

Australian tourist Winona Langford, 17, and New Zealand tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman, 40, have not been found since the eruption nine days ago.

Police believe both their bodies have been washed from the crater into the sea.

Last week officers said they saw a body floating in the water but it has since sunk and several police dives have failed to find anything.

On Tuesday Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement said the search was ongoing but the chances of success were slim.

Budding student: Winona shows off artwork of her pet rabbit alongside Mayor of Willoughby, Gail Giles-Gidney, at the local Pet Festival just weeks before her death

The other person still missing is New Zealand tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman (pictured), 40

He told RNZ: ‘We just have to work with the weather, we’ve been lucky up to now but it’s turned on us currently.’ 

Explaining how officers try to map the currents to see where a body may go, he said: ‘What we do is model and put ourselves in a position where we think that things could eventuate and if all of those things are playing out then we will find it.

‘And if they don’t, we won’t.’

He added: ‘The reality is we saw it on the surface of the water last Wednesday, so two days after the eruption. 

‘We weren’t able to retrieve it then and it went back down – so whether it’s come back up or whether it’s still down there is up for, I suppose, discussion.

‘The reality is we’ve dived in the area where the body was last seen and we can’t find it.

‘We’ve also had sonar working in that area so we’ve got a reasonable amount of confidence that it’s not where we last saw it but we can’t be 100 per cent confident.’

It comes after a helicopter pilot recalled how he had to leave Mr Inman’s body on the island.

Commercial pilot Tom Storey risked his life by flying to the island in a daring rescue mission after the volcano eruption last Monday.

He spotted the tour guide but sadly his friend was ‘beyond help’.

‘I just pulled him out from where he was and made him as comfortable as I could just so he’s there as we go back to get him,’ he told Newshub.

Commercial pilot Tom Storey (pictured) risked his life by flying to the island in a daring rescue mission after the volcano eruption last Monday

Mr Storey (pictured) and Mr Inman both shared a passion for lobster fishing

Mr Storey then carried on saving other tourists who were struggling to breathe due to the thick dust and ash.  

‘Without a gas mask, you were gasping for air. But we were equipped with the right gear and we did what we could to help,’ he said.

Mr Storey said he wanted to go back to recover Mr Inman’s body but police did not let him because it was too dangerous. 

Winona’s parents Kristine, 45, and Anthony, 51, both died. Her 19-year-old brother Jesse survived and is recovering in hospital in Sydney with burns to 90 per cent of his body.

Police named the missing victims on Tuesday as they postponed the search for the bodies. 

A Defence Force helicopter left on Tuesday morning for an aerial search of the island but had to turn back due to poor weather.

Winona Langford’s body is either entombed on White Island or buried in the sea. Pictured: The 17-year-old in a social media snap

The Langfords were on the island 50km off New Zealand as part of a day tour from the Ovation Of The Seas cruise ship which left Sydney on 4 December.

It was supposed to be the trip of lifetime but ended in disaster.  

Last week an aunt of Winona and Jesse posted a family photo on Facebook in mourning, writing that they ‘don’t believe they have survived’.

Other family members said they believed the trio never made it off the island and were waiting on the bodies to be retrieved for DNA tests. 

‘My first post in a while. We’re off cruising on #royalcarribeancruise Happy birthday [Anthony Langford]. Bon voyage everyone!’ she wrote.

Jesse’s former principal at Marist College North Shore, Tony Duncan, asked parents and staff to pray for his safety. 

Winona’s 19-year-old brother Jesse (pictured with their father) survived the volcano eruption, and is recovering in hospital with burns to 90 per cent of his body

An aunt of Winona and Jesse posted a family photo on Facebook in mourning, writing that they ‘don’t believe they have survived’. Winona is pictured bottom left, Ms Langford second left, Mr Langford far right, and Jesse second right

‘Jesse, who graduated last year, was a talented and popular student during his time at the school, finishing up as MacKillop House captain.

‘Jesse has been a student at Marist since Year 7, with his family remembered fondly around the College. Please have the Langford family in your prayers.’

Mr Langford was a long-time employee of Sydney Water and his wife was a stay-home mother to the two children.

Australian victims in White Island tragedy: The dead and injured

Twenty four Australians were among 47 tourist on White Island when it erupted.   

THE DEAD: 

Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, from Brisbane, have been officially confirmed dead. 

Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, (pictured) from Brisbane are among the dead

Martin Hollander and his wife Barbara

Martin Berend Hollander, 48, from Sydney, was missing but was formally identified on Monday.

His two sons Berend, 16, and Matthew, 13, who attended Sydney’s Knox Grammar, both died in hospital last week after suffering serious injuries in the blast.  

According to his Linkedin profile, Mr Hollander works at Transport for NSW as a freight initiatives manager.

He is also a director at a Singaporean investment management firm, Wipunen Incrementum Capital.

He was on a family holiday with his wife, who remains unaccounted for, and two kids, who were confirmed dead on Thursday. 

Martin Berend Hollander, 48, from Sydney, was formally identified on Monday. His wife Barbara (left) is yet to be formally identified 

Gavin Dallow, 53, and stepdaughter Zoe Hosking, 15, from Adelaide 


The Hosking/Dallow family had been on a tour at the time of the eruption. Mum Lisa Dallow is among the injured in hospital. Her husband Gavin (right) 53, and 15-year-old daughter Zoe, from Adelaide, (left) were confirmed dead on Wednesday 

Mr Dallow’s body was identified by police from the five bodies recovered from the island. Zoe was formally identified as a victim on Sunday. 

Karla Mathews, 32, and Richard Elzer, 32, from Coffs Harbour, NSW 

Karla Mathews (left), 32, is dead as is boyfriend Richard Elzer (right), 32, from Coffs Harbour

The couple were identified as those tourists still on the island and therefore presumed dead by their families on Wednesday.

Jason Griffiths, 33, Coffs Harbour, NSW  

Jason Griffiths, 33, from Coffs Harbour was taken to hospital in critical condition but died from his injuries on Wednesday 

Jason Griffiths, 33, from Coffs Harbour, NSW, died from his injuries on Wednesday after being taken to hospital in critical condition. 

He was officially confirmed dead by police on Monday. 

He had been on a tour of the volcano with couple Karla Mathews, 32, and Richard Elzer, 32, who are now presumed dead, friends said.  

Matthew (Year 8) and Berend Hollander (Year 10) from Sydney


Matthew (left, year eight) and Berend (right, year 10) Hollander were confirmed dead on Thursday morning

Knox Grammar schoolboy brothers Matthew, 13, and Berend, 16, Hollander were confirmed dead on Thursday morning.

They died in two New Zealand hospitals after escaping the island with horrific burns. 

Their father Martin was confirmed dead on Monday, while their mother Barbara is yet to be confirmed dead or identified by police.  

Krystal Browitt, 21, from Melbourne 

Krystal Browitt was on the cruise for her 21st birthday with family

Ms Browitt was formally identified as a victim on Saturday. She was on the Ovation of the Seas cruise for her 21st birthday with family.

Her father Paul and sister Stephanie are in serious condition in hospital. Her mother Marie escaped death by staying on the cruise liner. 

Anthony Langford, 51, and his wife Kristine Langford, 45, from Sydney 

Anthony Langford, 51, (pictured with wife Kristine) had been among those still unaccounted for in the disaster. He was confirmed dead by police on Sunday 

Kristine Langford, 45, from Sydney, is also among those officially confirmed dead on Monday. 

The body of her husband Anthony, 51 was formally identified on Sunday, and her daughter Winona, 17, is still missing and presumed dead.

The couple’s 19-year-old son Jesse survived the volcano eruption, and is recovering in hospital with burns to 90 per cent of his body.   

Mr Langford worked for Sydney Water. 

Winona Langford, 17, Sydney   

Police said Winona Lanford (pictured centre back row between her parents Anthony and Kristine) was one of the missing bodies still on White Island. She is not thought to have survived 

On Tuesday, NZ Police said one of the bodies still missing on White Island belonged to 17-year-old Winona Langford from Sydney. 

Winona’s mother and father have been confirmed dead while her brother Jesse remains in hospital.

Her body is either entombed on the deadly volcano island or is in the sea.  

THE INJURED: 

Lisa Dallow, 49, from Adelaide

Lisa Dallow (right with her husband Gavin who is missing), 49, from Adelaide

She is an induced coma in Hamilton Hospital, with 57 per cent of her body burnt

Jesse Langford, 19, Sydney

Found: Jesse Langford (pictured with Michelle Spring, believed to be his girlfriend) is in hospital but his condition is not clear

He has been identified among the injured in hospital. He is reported to have suffered burns to 90 per cent of his body 

 

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