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Protest asks for answers on Jordan's cause of death

Jordan Bolt protesters march toward Coffs Harbour Police Station. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Jordan Bolt protesters march toward Coffs Harbour Police Station. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

A PROTEST calling for justice following the death of Coffs Harbour teen Jordan Bolt was staged outside Coffs Harbour Police Station this morning.

About 50 of Jordan Bolt's family and friends marched from the memorial site on the Pacific Hwy bridge over Coffs Creek, near where the 19-year-old's body was found on April 2, carrying placards and flags.

His loved ones were told the official cause of death was drowning but are calling on authorities to answer how a fit young man who was an excellent swimmer and first-grade football player could die in this manner.

Among questions still to be answered are the source of a contusion on the back of his head and the lack of water on the lungs.

The protest was led by the family of Jordan's partner Haley Carriage with chants calling for justice.

Father-in-law Ron Carriage said while he couldn't call the investigation to date racist, it seemed very close to it.

"It's now been 89 days and we still haven't been told what happened to Jordan," Mr Carriage said.

"People have come from three hours away to be here today, all his people from up north and from Coffs Harbour."

T-shirts emblozoned with Jordan's face united the gathering, silently adding to the vocal calls for answers.

Police kept a quiet eye on the protestors but didn't confront organisers and allowed the peaceful protest to run its course.

At the time of his death police said he had been at a party in Boultwood St on Sunday, April 30 and it was believed he had been seen walking along the Pacific Hwy by several witnesses.

Topics:  coffs clarence local area command, coffs harbour, protest



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