Gladstone police have established a crime scene after a body was found in a stormwater drain on Gladstone Benaraby Rd.
Gladstone police have established a crime scene after a body was found in a stormwater drain on Gladstone Benaraby Rd. Paul Braven

Investigators view footage of body inside drain

4.12pm: INVESTIGATORS are viewing footage from inside a drain under Gladstone Benaraby Road where a body was found today.

Earlier what's believed to be a motorised camera was sent down the drain, and footage is being watched in a Gladstone Regional Council van nearby.

>> What police need to know about today's discovery

Gladstone police officers, including one crew from the criminal investigations branch are still lining both sides of the road after the body was reported around 8.15am today.

Police tape is now around the drain entrance at Brian Nevin Park where it's believed the entrace to the stormwater drain is.

The police will retrieve the body by either sending someone down the drain for it, or by digging up the road, which is considered their last resort.

Gladstone Police are on the scene where a body has been found in a storm water drain.
Gladstone Police are on the scene where a body has been found in a storm water drain. Paul Braven

2.33pm: Detectives are appealing to any members of the public that may have information concerning the death to contact police.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

1.36pm: Detective Acting Inspector Luke Peachey says video footage obtained by police from the stormwater drain indicates the body discovered this morning could have been down there for a significant period of time.

"We're unable to say for sure at this stage, however due to what we can see from the camera, it appears it's been here for at least a week," Inspector Peachey said.

"At this time the circumstances surrounding this person are unknown.

"We're now working with Missing Persons Units as well as local CIBs to try to establish the identity of this person... once we're able to get in and extract the body that will become a lot clearer."

Inspector Peachey said police were currently investigating how to extract the body.

"Obviously there's a number of options involved there... it may require some person going into the pipe.

"However if we are unable to do that it may be that we have to actually cut the road up so we can extract the person from there.

"We'll be guided by the council engineers as well as by the forensic investigators."

Inspector Peachey said the pipe was large enough for a person to access.

Operation Support Command officers and at least one Queensland Fire and Rescue crew have arrived on the scene.

12:25: Gladstone Police are due to hold a press conference at the scene at 12:30. 

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More to come shortly

11.25am: Criminal Investigation Branch officers have arrived at the crime scene on Gladstone Benaraby Rd.

Gladstone Police said scientific officers from Rockhampton had been called to investigate the crime scene and would be arriving shortly.

There are unconfirmed reports the body may be that of a young woman, but Gladstone Police said it would be at least two hours until they were able to confirm details of the deceased's identity.

Fibre optic cables were deployed down the storm water drain this morning and council workers are surveying the road.

Gladstone police have established a crime scene after a body was found in a stormwater drain on Gladstone Benaraby Rd.
Gladstone police have established a crime scene after a body was found in a stormwater drain on Gladstone Benaraby Rd. Paul Braven

10.15am: GLADSTONE police have established a crime scene on Gladstone Benaraby Rd after a body was discovered in a stormwater drain.

The crime scene is located at Toolooa between Dalrymple Dr and Soppa St.

Police received a call from Gladstone Regional Council around 8.17am this morning after council workers were called to investigate a bad smell emanating from the drain.

Police attended the scene and were able to confirm the smell was coming from a body.

Senior Sergeant Royce Devlin said the area had been declared a crime scene and the death was considered suspicious until more information came to light.

Criminal Investigation Branch detectives and Scenes of Crime Officers will soon attend the scene to take photographs and look for fingerprints.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said paramedics were initially called to the scene by police but did not end up attending as they were not required.

Senior Sergeant Devlin said the identity of the deceased was not yet known.

Gladstone Benaraby Rd has since been re-opened to traffic.

Updates to follow.



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