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Human remains are found near a river, as police say they could have been there for ‘years’

Grim discovery when human remains are found in tent by river as police say they could have been there for ‘years’

  • Fishermen found human remains in a tent near the Burdekin River, QLD, on Saturday
  • Detective Inspector Chris Lawson said they seem to have been around for years
  • The police have yet to determine the person’s identity, gender, age and cause of death
  • Investigators are combing through missing person reports filed in the area

Fishermen have discovered human remains in a tent by a river that police say could have been there for years.

Queensland police are trying to identify skeletal remains found Saturday at a remote campground on the Burdekin River, southwest of Townsville.

Townsville Detective Inspector Chris Lawson said he believed the remains had been around for a while.

Human remains were discovered Saturday at a remote campground on the Burdekin River, southwest of Townsville (stock photo of the Burdekin River)

Human remains were discovered Saturday at a remote campground on the Burdekin River, southwest of Townsville (stock photo of the Burdekin River)

“It would be a considerable period, I estimate years,” he told reporters on Monday.

Mr. Lawson said the skeleton had been in a tent in a very remote location near the town of Dalbeg.

It was too soon to tell how the person died, he added.

“Of course, we still have to go through all the coronial processes to identify everything we can about the deceased and the circumstances surrounding death,” said Detective Lawson.

‘It’s a very remote location along the Burdekin River and these are people just passing by looking for places to fish.

The police are still trying to find out the person's identity, age, gender and cause of death. Depicted are the skeletal remains

The police are still trying to find out the person's identity, age, gender and cause of death. Depicted are the skeletal remains

The police are still trying to find out the person’s identity, age, gender and cause of death. Depicted are the skeletal remains

The bones were located on a high part of the riverbank and a swag was found nearby.

The police have yet to determine the age and gender of the person and have no clues as to their identity.

Inspector Lawson said police have been searching for missing persons reports filed in the area in recent years.

The coroner has been advised and forensics are underway.

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