News

Brother brings his tragic twin home after 23-year search

Les Allen's search for his twin brother David has ended in tragedy when David was found dead in Sydney.
Les Allen's search for his twin brother David has ended in tragedy when David was found dead in Sydney.

LES Allen searched for 23 years for his twin brother David, who disappeared without a trace in 1990.

Tragically, the emotional quest ended this year in the sterile surrounds of a morgue in Sydney.

David was found dead on May 5, his 240kg frame slumped in a laneway in Sydney's CBD. He had just turned 45.

There were no suspicious circumstances; the official cause of death recorded as morbid obesity, an enlarged heart and liver problems.

It took police nearly two weeks to formally identify him. A black panther tattoo stretching the length of his right forearm was a distinguishing feature that helped reveal his true identity.

The task was made more difficult given that he had about nine different aliases, his most recent "Karl Reichmann".

Les made the painful journey from Mt Morgan to Sydney to claim his brother's body.

What he learned was that David had spent many of the "missing years" living on Sydney's streets.

Despite being homeless, he had nearly $30,000 in his bank account, saved from his pension cheques.

Les used every cent to farewell his brother.

He paid $13,000 for a silk-lined, pure mahogany coffin. The funeral was held in St Philip's Anglican Church in Sydney, only a few streets from where David had lived - and eventually died.

Despite the enforced separation, Les says he still considers himself "one of the lucky ones".

"The main thing is we found where he was. I was able to go down, bring him home and put him to rest," he said.

Seven months on and Les is still coming to terms with the fact he will never see his brother again.

Sitting in the kitchen of his home, he sifts through the precious reminders of his brother.

Laid on the table are some small black and white photos, a white watch, and a dented cigarette tin holding a few coins.

"Even in death, he tried to conceal his identity," Les says, tears clouding his grey eyes.

"I guess we have to accept that he never wanted to be found... he changed his name that many times.

"The thing that sticks in my stomach is that he should never have had to die alone, there in the gutter.

"This is where his body was found," he says, pointing close to an orange dumpster in a dreary street scene caught in a photo on his phone.

"Such a lonely place ..."

Les takes a deep breath, blinks away the tears and clutches the watch, the most recent and most tangible link to his brother.

"It gives me a bit of peace knowing that I've got something of his that no one else has."

Also offering some semblance of peace is knowing that David is now much closer to home.

Some of his ashes were sprinkled over the cliffs near The Singing Ship at Emu Park, a place where as young boys David and Les spent many a holiday.

Les almost affords a smile as he thinks about the ceremony.

"When I threw the first lot of ashes, the wind blew in; I ended up swallowing some of them," he said. "My sister said, 'I know twins stick together but this is ridiculous'."

The remainder of David's ashes were sprinkled near what Les describes as David's "day bed", a wooden bench in a Sydney park.

Topics:  death editors picks missing person obesity



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Woman threatens neighbour claiming he drowned puppies in bucket

Puppy

She was heard yelling 'I'm going to kill you... you killed the dogs'

Defence issued new orders over Shoalwater land acquisition

Australian Army officer Major Brent Hughes (left) from the 8th/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, delivers battle orders to unit personnel during Exercise Diamond Strike at Shoalwater Bay.

Defence told to get Master Plan done much faster

A drunken nap cost this man his licence

Generic Rockhampton Court.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

He wasn't driving, but still got nabbed for being drunk in his car

Local Partners

A drunken nap cost this man his licence

This man wasn't even driving, but he still got nabbed for being drunk behind the wheel


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Excitement builds over Da Vinci exhibition

Da Vinci Machines is on display at Rockhampton Art Gallery from 18 March until 25 May.

Exhibition features in excess of 60 models of machines

WHAT'S ON: Your guide to events in CQ this weekend

Aussie Shakespeare is a frenetic and good-humoured canter combining classic Shakespearean stories and characters with Australian themes from cyclones to football to the revolving door of federal politics.

Everything you need to know about events in the region

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Suicide Squad director reveals his regrets about the film

Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Suicide Squad.

DIRECTOR of superhero flick on what he’d change about ‘flawed’ film.

Meet the new Marco on MasterChef Australia: Yotam Ottolenghi

Israeli-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi will be a guest chef for a week on the 2017 season of MasterChef Australia.

AFTER Marco’s defection to Seven, MasterChef signs a true food hero.

SHOALWATER: Protest efforts against land acquisition ramp up

Craig mustering cattle off the marine plain at their Marlborough property about and hour and a half north of Rockhampton

Online petition attracts loads of signatures, rally next week

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!