UPDATE @ 10.45am | The death of a man, found on the sand of Surfers Paradise, is no longer being treated as suspicious.
“At this point it’s looking non-suspicious,” Acting Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said at a press conference this morning.
“We’ve identified the male. He would appear to be a drug user with some sort of a criminal history.
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“It looks like it’s a non-suspicious death. It’s just unfortunate that it happened and particularly in a public place like the beach of Surfers Paradise which is obviously a major tourism area,” Smith said.
Investigations will continue and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
EARLIER | A MAJOR investigation is underway following the discovery of a body at Surfers Paradise beach.
A member of the public is understood to have made the grim find on the sand just after 5am this morning.
A Queensland Police spokesperson told myGC the body was found near the Northcliffe Surf Club.
The area has been taped off, with a swarm of emergency services on scene near Garfield Terrace.
It’s understood the body is that of a young man, believed to be aged in his late 20s.
People are being urged to avoid the area as investigations into the death continue.
At this stage it is being treated as suspicious.
A man’s body has been found washed up on Surfers Paradise beach. It was found by a local who was out for a walk at around 5am. They called police who are now trying to identify the body. https://t.co/ml7HLBtvLN #SurfersParadise #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/qtEROYunEv
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