Tourists mourning after friend found dead in paddock
UPDATE 3.30PM: FOUR European tourists are in mourning after their 22-year-old friend was found dead in a paddock adjacent to the Bundaberg Airport.
Bundaberg Police Superintendent Rowan Bond said the young male tourist was found lying dead in a grass paddock on the corner of Kendalls Rd and the Bundaberg-Childers Rd shortly after 6am today.
"He's a foreign national tourist who arrived in Bundaberg quite recently," Supt Bond said.
"He suffered severe lacerations."
Supt Bond said police cordoned off two areas including the paddock where the man was found and a nearby car park.
"Police were then approached by a fellow who said he believed it was his friend," the officer said.
"He was believed to be travelling with a party of two cars with a number of people."
The man's travelling companions are helping police piece together what happened in the days leading up to his death.
"His friends have been here (at the station) providing statements," Supt Bond said.
"They're quite distraught.
"They have been very helpful to us."
Supt Bond said the four tourists were not being treated as suspects.
"They had been planning to leave Bundaberg today," he said.
Kendalls Rd was closed to all traffic and pedestrians between the Bundaberg-Childers Rd and Grace Street for several hours.
"Kendalls Rd was closed off mainly for the sensitivity of passers by," Supt Bond said.
The man is expected to be examined by a Rockhampton coroner tomorrow morning which is expected to shed more light on the circumstances surrounding his death.
"We have briefed the coroner," Supt Bond said.
"We should know more after that (examination)."