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Hoax Call
Parents of missing friends Olivia Hope and Ben Smart were angered by a 9 January hoax marine radio call, which said police were taking two bodies to Picton. At that time, the police investigation Operation Tam was in full swing, with many police and volunteers trying to establish what had happened to the pair.
They had not been seen since being delivered by water taxi to a yacht moored in Endeavour Inlet off Furneaux Lodge, along with a ‘mystery man’ in the early hours of New Years Day.

Police told the Hope and Smart families about the hoax call rather than have them get the information from other sources. In a rare public
Ben’s father John Smart said the hoax was appalling and that whoever was responsible should be ‘severally treated.’
statement, Ben’s father John Smart said the hoax was appalling and that whoever was responsible should be ‘severally treated.’

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