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MARK COLVIN: Lachlan Cranswick was last seen getting off a bus near his house in Canada five weeks
ago. Then the Australian nuclear scientist just vanished.

Mr Cranswick moved to the small town of Deep River in Ontario seven years ago to work at a
high-security nuclear facility. He was an avid curler, hiker and photographer. But colleagues have
described him as safety conscious. They say he never went anywhere without his mobile phone and
GPS.

A search of nearby ski trails, forests and an iced-over river has turned up no clues. Now it seems
Canadian police may soon begin the search for Lachlan Cranswick's body.

In Melbourne Lachlan Cranswick's brother Rupert is angry at what he says is the silence of
Australia's foreign affairs department.

Rupert Cranswick spoke to Alison Caldwell.

RUPERT CRANSWICK: I've come to accept that the news certainly isn't good. We didn't know about his
disappearance until about six days after he disappeared and that to me wasn't good news. Because
when I spoke to the police I asked them what the temperatures got down to and it was negative 35 at
night. And that meant immediately to me if he was out of his house for six days he was going to be
a bit of a goner.

But to me things don't sound right because my brother wasn't silly. He wouldn't go walking on the
river ice. He wouldn't go walking in the bush that late at night, in the evening. He didn't have
things with him to do that. His snow shoes were at home. His skis were at home. His GPS was at
home. His wallet was at home. His door was not locked and his lights were on.

ALISON CALDWELL: You received a police report from the Canadians this morning. What have they told
you?

RUPERT CRANSWICK: They've said that there's still nothing that they've found. It's just he's
completely disappeared off the planet. But they do say that with the thaw coming and the snow they
reckon is going to melt a bit earlier this year that there is the possibility of instigating
another search.

ALISON CALDWELL: So it sounds as if now it's a matter of trying to find his body.

RUPERT CRANSWICK: Yes that's true. But I'm of the feeling that if they didn't find his body before
with tracker dogs and helicopters and excellent visibility, then I'm hoping that they don't - well
I'm hoping he's still alive. I don't want to find him dead.

ALISON CALDWELL: You spoke to some of his colleagues when you went over there for a couple of
weeks. Why didn't they report him missing sooner?

RUPERT CRANSWICK: That's what was surprising. It's a large organisation. At NCR there are probably
about, I'd say I met 20 research scientists. And I went to a meeting with them about that.

I know that the reactor wasn't working; that the reactor actually had a leak a while back and they
were fixing it. But Lachlan was still going to work and doing his research and also preparing
conferences and scientific papers.

I find it very strange that none of them would say well where's Lachlan? Because he was just, he
would always email if he wasn't coming in.

ALISON CALDWELL: When is the last time anyone actually heard from him, whether it be by email or a
phone call or anything like that?

RUPERT CRANSWICK: Yeah on that Monday he definitely caught the bus home. The bus let him off at the
post office at Deep River. And he was then seen to be talking to another chap who was a member of
the curling club.

It's then assumed that he went home. The reason is that his computer had work on it at 6.30, 7pm
and also his wallet with his IDs etc were found at home and his phone.

ALISON CALDWELL: What was in the email that he sent at 6.30?

RUPERT CRANSWICK: It was to do with the curling club. The young people of the area were having a
pub crawl and the curling club has its own bar which Lachlan was responsible for. And I'd noticed
that he'd sent information to another member of the curling club committee saying he was happy
about the curling club being used for that activity.

ALISON CALDWELL: Have you heard from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade?

RUPERT CRANSWICK: Not at all. Nothing.

ALISON CALDWELL: Are you disappointed by that?

RUPERT CRANSWICK: Well yeah I am. I just think you know, I can be a bureaucrat somewhere in
Canberra and sit there and do sweet nothing and you get paid for it. I mean I just wonder if these
bureaucrats had their own brother over there what they'd do.

MARK COLVIN: Rupert Cranswick, brother of the missing nuclear scientist Lachlan Cranswick speaking
to Alison Caldwell.