Police investigating after missing man’s body found in submerged ute in Canungra

UPDATE @ 8.00 AM, March 25 by Monique StClair | Police are calling on help from the Hinterland community as they continue investigations are finding a man’s body in a Canungra creek.

The body of 38-year-old David Hornman was found in a submerged ute in a creek near Lamington National Park Road yesterday.

Mr Hornman had gone missing on Monday morning after he left his father’s home on Lamington National Park Road but didn’t arrive at work.


Just before 11.30 am yesterday, police were called after a member of the public saw the white 2013 Isuzu D-Max upturned in a fast-moving creek.

Later in the afternoon, police confirmed that a body in the ute was that of Mr Hornman.

Police are now investigating the circumstances of the tragic incident, and are calling on help from locals.

Investigators are hoping to obtain vision of the weather conditions in the area particularly near Coburg Road causeway between 5.00 am and 7.00 am on March 22 (Monday) as well as any vision capturing a white Isuzu utility heading down Coburg Road towards Canungra within those times.

Anyone with information or footage is being asked to contact police immediately.

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EARLIER @ 4.45 PM, March 24 by Shanee Dobeson | The body of a man who has been missing since Monday has been found inside a submerged ute in the Gold Coast Hinterland this afternoon.

Police divers made the tragic discovery while recovering the upturned vehicle from the fast-moving Canungra Creek.

Emergency crews, including several swift water rescue teams, were tasked to the scene around 11.30am, after a member of the public spotted the white 2013 Isuzu D-Max in the creek.

A number of Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews were also called in to assist with the operation.

David Hornman, 38, was last seen leaving his father’s home on Lamington National Park Road about 6am on Monday.

Senior Sergeant Mitch Gray, Officer in Charge of Gold Coast Water Police, said the man’s family has been notified.

“We can confirm that is our missing person from Monday evening,” Senior Sergeant Gray said.

“The loss of a loved one in these circumstances, and just not knowing where they are over the past few days, that’s going to be painful and I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone”.

An investigation into what caused the incident is now underway, however, police admitted the wild weather and flash flooding is likely to have played a part.

“The Forensic Crash Unit will be on scene shortly to begin the investigation, but certainly the time that he has gone missing was in a terrible weather period for the Gold Coast, so that will form part of our investigation,” Senior Sergeant Gray said.

Police are also appealing for anyone who may have dashcam or CCTV footage around that time to come forward.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

EARLIER @ 1.30 PM | A major operation is currently unfolding in the Gold Coast hinterland after a ute was found submerged in Canungra Creek.

Several swift water rescue teams are currently on scene working to retrieve the upturned vehicle from the fast-flowing waters.

It’s understood police first made the discovery around 12.30pm on Wednesday, before calling in help from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

Four fire trucks are on scene assisting with the operation, which is taking place near Lamington National Park Road, just near the water treatment plant.

At this stage, it’s unknown if anyone is inside the vehicle.

More to come.