Father who lost wife in Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids disaster in 2016 feared drowned

Father who saw wife and two relatives die in Dreamworld tragedy goes missing, feared drowned five years after amusement park horror that shook Australia

  • Police have continued the search for David Turner after the car was found near Canberra
  • Mr Turner lost his wife and two family members in the Dreamworld disaster in 2016
  • Friend claimed Mr Turner never recovered from tragedy before his disappearance
  • Police fear he deliberately entered the fast-flowing waterway on Thursday

A father who lost his wife and two family members in the Dreamworld disaster in 2016 has disappeared and is feared drowned.

Police searched for David Turner after his car was found abandoned on Thursday at Uriarra Crossing, 30km west of Canberra.

SES volunteers combed through bushland as police divers joined the search over fears that he had deliberately dived into a river to take his own life.

A friend claimed that five years after the Gold Coast theme park disaster in 2016, Mr Turner was still struggling with the loss of his family.

Police have continued their search for David Turner after his car was found abandoned on Thursday at Uriarra Crossing, 20 miles west of Canberra (pictured, David Turner with his partner Kate and their daughter Ebony)

A friend claimed that Mr. Turner was still struggling with the loss of his family, five years after the Dreamworld disaster, on the Gold Coast, in 2016.

A friend claimed that Mr. Turner was still struggling with the loss of his family, five years after the Dreamworld disaster, on the Gold Coast, in 2016.

His wife Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and Mr Dorsett’s partner Roozi Araghi were three of the four people killed on the Thunder River Rapids ride when one of the rafts capsized on the conveyor belt.

Mr Turner’s 12-year-old daughter, Ebony, was also on the ride, but miraculously survived.

The doting father forgoes the ride to babysit his daughter Evie in the pram.

An inquest investigated the disaster and Mr Turner was ultimately awarded a seven-figure payout.

The inquest heard that the distraught father rushed to the ride, jumping into the murky water to try to save his wife before being pulled back by Dreamworld staff.

“Why didn’t you stop driving?” Mr. Turner yelled at them.

The family released a statement at the time saying they held the theme park fully responsible for their loss.

“We hold Dreamworld fully responsible for this tragic event that could have been so easily avoided,” the family said.

“It’s smothered our family.”

His wife Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi were three of the four people killed on the Thunder River Rapids ride when one of the rafts capsized on the conveyor belt

His wife Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi were three of the four people killed on the Thunder River Rapids ride when one of the rafts capsized on the conveyor belt

David Turner carries his partner Kate's coffin from St Christopher's Cathedral in Canberra in 2016

David Turner carries his partner Kate’s coffin from St Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra in 2016

Dreamworld owner Ardent Leisure pleaded guilty to violating workplace health and safety laws. He was fined $3.6 million in September 2020.

Friends claim Mr Turner was still haunted by the loss of his family and wife before disappearing outside Canberra on Thursday.

“Kate was his soul mate, she was everything to him,” a friend told me courier post.

“She kept him centered and without it he was just lost.

“And it’s impossible to know how you would react if you went through what he went through that day.”

An ACT police spokeswoman said the family had requested privacy while the search continued.

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