SCENE: Detectives, uniformed officers, water police and police divers at the scene where a man's body was found in Obi Obi Creek yesterday.
SCENE: Detectives, uniformed officers, water police and police divers at the scene where a man's body was found in Obi Obi Creek yesterday. john mccutcheon

HINTERLAND MYSTERY: No clues yet about dead man's identity

UPDATE 3.20PM:

POLICE are seeking the community's help in identifying a man found dead in a hinterland creek yesterday.

The identity of the man, believed to be aged between 20 and 60, remains unknown, as detectives scour the national missing persons database.

Southern Patrol Group Inspector John Van Egmond said it was unusual that the man had not been matched with a missing persons report and he was pleading with the public to help detectives identify the man quickly.

A post mortem is being conducted on the man's body after he was plucked from Obi Obi Creek, near Maleny, yesterday evening.

Insp Van Egmond said the cause of death was still unknown and toxicology tests were being carried out, but it wasn't clear when those results would be finalised.

WORKBOOT: The man was wearing workboots similar to these.
WORKBOOT: The man was wearing workboots similar to these. Contributed

Until cause of death is known Insp Van Egmond said the investigation would continue as a coronial investigation, with a team of detectives investigating the death which is being treated as suspicious for now.

The man is described as being about 174cm tall, weighing about 70kg with brown or ginger dreadlocks shaved on both sides above the ear.

He was wearing tan work boots and Piping Hot boardshorts when his body was retrieved from the swollen creek.

Insp Van Egmond said the man was also wearing a leather necklace with a blue, rectangular stone medallion and a leather band with a tree of life-type medallion on it.

He urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers immediately on 1800 333 000.

UPDATE 2PM: Police have appealed for help to identify the man found dead in a Sunshine Coast creek.

Investigations continue today after the body was found floating in Obi Obi Creek at Maleny yesterday afternoon.

Police say the body showed no obvious signs of trauma to indicate "third party involvement", but the cause of the death was yet to be determined.

The man was believed to be aged between 20 and 40 years old, was about 174cm tall and weighed about 70kgs.

He is described as having brown or ginger coloured hair in a dreadlock style with shaven sides above the ears.

He was found wearing blue and brown shorts with a lightning bolt and tan boots. 

He was also wearing a leather necklace with a rectangular blue stone medallion and a leather band wrapped around his wrist with tree of life type medallion.

Police have urged anyone who may know the identity of the man to contact Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

EARLIER 8.50AM: Police are treating the death of a man whose body was pulled from a creek yesterday as suspicious.

The man, possibly aged in his 30s, was found floating in Obi Obi Creek at Maleny, near the golf course, just before 5pm yesterday by a member of the public.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service swiftwater rescue teams were called in to retrieve the body, which was pulled out of the water yesterday evening and a crime scene was established.

Sunshine Coast CIB officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards confirmed police divers, water police and detectives were now scouring the scene, with the death being treated as suspicious.

He said the body was yet to be identified and it was hard to determine how long it had been in the creek, but it appeared to have been there for at least a few days.

Queensland Police Media has advised initial pathologist examinations of the body indicate the man may have died up to a week ago and inquiries with the Missing Persons Unit have been unsuccessful in identifying the man.

Detectives are urging anyone who has been unable to contact a male friend, relative or associate to come forward to assist the investigation.



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