Mystery surrounds identity of man found dead in creek

UPDATE at 2:05 PM | POLICE have appealed for help from the public to identify a man who was found dead in a creek on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The man, described as being aged between 20 and 40, was found by a member of the public, floating in Obi Obi Creek at Maleny on Thursday afternoon.

Detectives have so far been unable to formally identify the man and are appealing for the public’s help.


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Police said an initial assessment by a pathologist indicated that the man may have died up to a week ago.

The man is described as being around 174cm tall and is believed to weigh around 70kgs.

Police said he has brown or ginger “dreadlock style” hair with shaven sides above the ears and was wearing blue and brown Lightning Bolt board shorts and boots similar to those pictured.

(Source: Supplied/Queensland Police)

He was also wearing a leather necklace with a rectangular blue stone medallion and a leather band wrapped around his wrist with a tree of life type medallion.

In an updated statement on Friday, police said there were no visible signs of trauma on the man’s body.

“At this stage there is no obvious trauma to indicate third party involvement, however the cause of the death has yet to be determined,” the statement said.

Police are urging anyone who may know the identity of the man to contact Policelink or Crime Stoppers.

Anyone who has been unable to contact a male relative, friend or associate is also urged to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

FIRST at 1:10 PM | DETECTIVES are still trying to identify the body of a man found in a creek on the Sunshine Coast.

The man was found by a member of the public, floating in Obi Obi Creek at Maleny on Thursday afternoon.

Police said emergency services were called to the scene near the golf course around 4.45pm.

A swift water rescue team was called in to retrieve the body, which was pulled from the water late on Thursday.

So far, police have been unable to identify the man, who is believed to be aged in his 30s.

“There was no identification on the body and enquiries with the Missing Persons Unit have not been successful,” police said in a statement on Friday morning.

“An initial assessment by a pathologist indicates that the man may have died up to a week ago.”

Sunshine Coast CIB officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards told the Sunshine Coast Daily that the man’s death was being treated as suspicious.

Specialist police divers, water police and detectives were scouring the scene on Friday morning.

Anyone who has been unable to contact a male relative, friend or associate is urged to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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