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

Rocky cop reveals exactly what he needs to know on body

A TOP cop within the Capricornia division has revealed details into what police know after a body was found in a stormwater drain on Gladstone Benaraby Rd early today.

Acting detective inspector Capricornia Division Luke Peachey addressed media shortly after midday.

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If you have any information that could assist police investigations, phone Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Gladstone Police on 4971 3222.

What police do know:

  • The body is in the middle of a stormwater drain that runs underneath Gladstone Benaraby Road. They have marked pink paint where the body is.
  • It's believed the body has been in the stormwater drain for at least a week.
  • Local businesses complained of a "pungent" smell coming from the nearby stormwater drain. Gladstone Regional Council flushed out the drain, however, the smell did not go away. As a result council workers sent a camera down the drain, and the footage showed the body.
  • The police are investigating two main ways to retrieve the body. The first is to send a person through the drain to retrieve it, and the second is to excavate the road. Insp Peachey said excavating the road would be their last resort.
  • Police officers are working with missing person units as part of their investigations.
  • Police are describing the circumstances as suspicious.

What police want to know:

  • The cause of death and who is responsible
  • How the body came to be in the stormwater drain
  • The identity, gender and age of the person
  • Insp Peachey said more would be known once they retrieve the body.


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