Missing man found near dam

Missing Queensland man, Robert Weber, has told his rescuers how he lived on dam water and mushrooms after becoming lost in the bush for three weeks after his vehicle broke down.

Queensland Police say initial indications are that Mr Weber’s car had become bogged on a road he was unfamiliar with.

“He remained at his car with his dog for three days before running out of water,” Police said in a statement.

“He left on foot and became lost and remained at a dam where he survived by sleeping on the ground, drinking dam water and eating mushrooms.”

Mr Weber’s dog has not been located.

He was found sitting under a tree near a dam by local MP, Tony Perrett and his wife, Michelle.

“We’d been past this dam on numerous occasions over the last week and when we saw him there it was just quite extraordinary,” Mr Perrett told ABC.

“It was good fortune that he was there and we were able to locate him.”

Mr Perrett said he had decided to keep searching for the local man, despite police calling off the search late last week.

They discovered him just 3km from his abandoned vehicle.

“He said he was trying to get to Caboolture and he got disorientated…he became lost and didn’t know where he was,” the MP said.

“Mr Weber was conveyed to hospital suffering exposure to the elements but was otherwise safe and well,” police said.


Queensland Police have suspended an extensive search for missing man 58-year-old Robert Weber.

After a week of searching dense bushland, rivers, dams and steep terrain during wet conditions in the Kilkivan area the decision was made to discontinue the search for the Narangba man, Queensland Police said in a statement this afternoon.

“Robert was last sighted with his dog leaving a Kilkivan hotel in a white 2000 model Ford Falcon on January 6.”

“A search of the immediate surrounds led by police with the assistance of State Emergency Services personnel and aerial assets concluded yesterday afternoon.

“Local property owners and police stock squad will continue to keep an eye out for them,” police said.

Despite the search being called off, anyone who may have any information which may lead to Robert or his dog’s whereabouts is urged to contact police.

“Police would like to extend their gratitude to members of the community who have assisted.”