French tourist, 28, who made a Triple 0 call at Sydney’s most notorious suicide spot ‘faked his own death so he could stay in Australia’ – detective claims
- Antoine Herran had been holidaying in Australia for three weeks in April 1998
- He called police claiming to have seen a person jump off The Gap in Watsons Bay
- Upon arrival, authorities found a backpack containing Mr Herran’s belongings
- Mr Herran’s family confirmed it was his voice on the police emergency call
- Former detective Michael Gerondis is certain Mr Herran faked his own suicide
- He believes the now-50-year-old is living under an alias in the NT or Queensland
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Antoine Herran, 28, called police on April 11, 1998 claiming to have seen a person jump off The Gap in Watsons Bay, but detectives are certain he faked his own suicide
A French tourist who made a triple 0 call at Sydney’s most notorious suicide spot faked his own death so he could stay in Australia, the former lead detective on the case has claimed.
Antoine Herran, then 28, called police on April 11, 1998, claiming to have seen a person jump off The Gap at Watsons Bay.
Upon arrival police found a torch shining at a backpack containing Mr Herran’s belongings but missing his passport.
Police discovered the bodies of a man and a woman, but the male body was later determined not to be the Frenchman’s.
Mr Herran’s family confirmed it was his voice on the police emergency call, adding further mystery to the case.
The 28-year-old, who had been holidaying in Australia for three weeks, was due to fly back to France on the day of his disappearance.
He checked in for his flight home but abruptly left the airport and caught a ferry to Watsons Bay.
Former NSW detective Inspector Michael Gerondis said he is confident Mr Herran faked his own suicide and is still living in Australia under a fake name.
‘There’s no way he jumped off, he was very calm on the phone call. He will be in Queensland or up in the Northern Territory if you ask me,’ Mr Gerondis told The Courier Mail.
Upon arrival at The Gap (pictured), an infamous suicide spot in Watsons Bay, authorities found a backpack containing Mr Herran’s belongings and missing his passport.
‘You go up to Queensland and that’s what he really liked, the beach, the hot weather, the sun. He’s invented a new self and he’s living a new life, he didn’t want to go back to cold old raining France and he stayed here.’
Prior to his disappearance, Mr Herran – who would now be 50 years old – was told by a migration agent that he wouldn’t be allowed to stay.
On journalist Meni Caroutas’ podcast The Missing, Mr Herran’s sister Sophie, 46, begged her brother to make contact with his family.
‘Because we need to know. For us, for our parents, you must tell us you are alive. For us it’s too difficult to live like that. All every day I think of you. Everything I remember you,’ she said.
Mr Herran is described as white, 182cm tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing beige trousers, a yellow anorak and Akubra hat.
He has protruding ears, wears thick glasses, has a question mark-shaped scar on his stomach, and speaks three languages.