Stephen Crean

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Stephen Crean (1947 – August 1985) was an Australian public servant, who was the son of Frank Crean and brother of Simon Crean and David Crean, all politicians.

In August 1985, Stephen Crean set off from Charlotte Pass ski village, possibly intending to ski to the nearby Thredbo ski resort. It is believed that, as he traveled, Crean became lost in the falling snow and died of exposure. Crean's disappearance resulted in one of the most intensive searches undertaken in the Australian snowfields, but the search did not recover his body. Two years later, a skier found his body by chance, only a few kilometres from Charlotte Pass.

Crean's disappearance resulted in an extensive debate about the methodology of searching for missing persons, and also about requiring new safety regulations for skiers and walkers using remote areas.

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