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Monday, June 17, 2024

Search continues for man, 85, missing from flooded home

A search and rescue operation is continuing in flood-affected Degarra in the Douglas Shire, for a missing 85-year-old man.

Queensland Police say the local man was last heard from on the evening of Sunday December 17, and has not been seen or heard from since.

Authorities have since been able to access the man’s property which was destroyed by flood waters.

An extensive land and water search involving officers on foot and Water Police is yet to reveal any sign of the man, with police holding grave concerns for his wellbeing.

State Disaster Coordinator Deputy Commissioner Shane Chelepy said police are committed to continuing search efforts in difficult conditions.

“Our crews on the ground are working tirelessly to search through flood waters and on land to locate this man who remains unaccounted for,” Deputy Commissioner Chelepy said.

“The conditions are difficult due to flooding and debris, however search efforts will continue as waters begin to recede.

“We now have grave concerns for his welfare, and we urge anyone who knows anything which could assist us to please contact police immediately.”

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