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June 23, 2009

Boy missing for 68 years declared dead

Posted: 05:56 AM ET

The younger sister of a Wellington boy who disappeared without a trace 68 years ago is relieved a "very, very tragic" family story has come to an end.

Nine-year-old Ronald "Ronnie" Alfred Oldham was last seen playing alone at the Miramar Wharf in Wellington on the evening of February 17, 1941.

Police believed Ronnie fell from the wharf, hit his head and drowned, but his body was never found.

This week, Ronnie was officially declared dead by Wellington Coroner Garry Evans.

Ronnie's sister Maureen Boyd said the decision had given her family much needed closure.

"I feel he has come up with the right decision, we can now move on," she said.

Mrs Boyd first appealed to the Coroner's Court in 1985 but the inquiry was never completed.

"I've tried twice unsuccessfully to have something done about this and twice I've had doors shut in my face," she said.

"The police virtually had no record of him."

Newspaper clippings detailing Ronnie's disappearance were the only physical evidence available to the court.

(Read More from Stuff.co.nz)

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