Bushfire victim’s chilling update


“Seriously looks and sounds like (the) apocalypse out there,” Barry Parsons wrote on Facebook at 5.15pm last Friday.

“F***ed up being on your own in these times.”

The body of the 58-year-old man was found in burnt-out bushland northwest of Kempsey on the Mid North Coast shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

Police said the body was discovered by locals on the southern end of the Kyuna Track at Willawarrin, about 34 kilometres from Kempsey.

Barry Parsons. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied

He was 58. Picture: Facebook

He was 58. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied

Mr Parsons’ last post late on Friday afternoon. Picture: Facebook

Mr Parsons’ last post late on Friday afternoon. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook

Local police have been told Mr Parsons was last seen on Friday, November 8.

Earlier that afternoon, the 58-year-old had also posted about the “hot and windy day”, noting there was “smoke everywhere” and it looked “like dusk at 2pm”.

He continued to provide updates throughout the afternoon of the “Mandarin skies”.

“Downright apocalyptic,” he wrote.

Mr Parsons’ posts have since been littered with comments asking about “Baz”.

“Has anyone heard if Barry Parsons is OK as hasn’t been on (Facebook) over 12 hours since fire close,” one woman wrote on Saturday.

“No, but word is that the power is out there, and phone lines too,” another woman replied.

Another image Mr Parsons posted on Friday, November 8. Picture: Facebook

Another image Mr Parsons posted on Friday, November 8. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook

NSW Water, Property and Housing Minister Melinda Pavey responded this morning to the news of Mr Parsons death.

“My condolences to Barry’s family and friends,” the Oxley MP wrote on Facebook.

“This is truly a sad day for the Willawarrin community and beyond.”

Local general store owner David Wilkinson, 55, also shared his condolences.

“He was a bit of a loner who kept to himself,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

“I’m sorry he died.”

He had not been seen since Friday, November 8. Picture: Facebook

He had not been seen since Friday, November 8. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied

An earlier post by Barry Parsons at 2.22pm on Friday, November 8, 2019. Picture: Facebook

An earlier post by Barry Parsons at 2.22pm on Friday, November 8, 2019. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook

In a post shared on a Facebook group for reporting crimes in the area, there had been no sign of Mr Parsons at the Kempsey evacuation centre and he had not marked himself as safe with the Red Cross.

“Others who live in the area thought that he may have gotten out before the fires hit, but they haven’t heard anything from him,” it read.

An autopsy will be carried out to determine the man’s cause of death and confirm his identity.

A report will also be prepared for the coroner.

Mr Parsons’ death follows that of Julie Fletcher, 63, who died in the town of Johns River, and Wytaliba locals Vivian Chaplain, 69, and the elderly George Nole.

Follow our coverage of the bushfires across the country today via our live blog here.

Willawarrin, NSW. Picture: Google Maps

Willawarrin, NSW. Picture: Google MapsSource:Supplied



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