An aerial view of Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island.
An aerial view of Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island.

Human skull found on Fraser Island

SKELETAL remains, believed to be of indigenous origin, have been found in a sandbank 60 metres north of the Kingfisher Bay Resort jetty on Fraser Island.

Sergeant Roger Williams said a female tourist had been walking along the popular beach last Thursday at 5.30pm when she sat on a tree stump to rest.

“She was near a sandbank and glanced over her shoulder and saw something that looked like a skull,” Sgt Williams said.

“The woman took a quick look and police were called. Last night pictures were taken and CIB and Scenes of Crime officers were there today (Friday).”

The skull, shoulder and upper arm bones were exhumed and taken to Maryborough morgue about 5pm.

“The remains will be examined next week and a report sent to the coroner to determine if they are indigenous.”

Sgt Williams said the skull would have been difficult to recognise in the sand.

“Fifty people could look at it and see nothing but then one person might see something.

“Police exhumed what they could from the immediate area.”

Sgt Williams said the area had been subject to erosion over a period of time, which may have washed the rest of the skeleton out to sea.

How skeletal remains went unnoticed as the Fraser Island dingo fence was built next to them two years ago has baffled Kingfisher Bay Resort general manager John Harvey.

“I believe the bones were right next to the dingo fence Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service put up (in October 2008),” he said.

“The remains definitely weren’t on Kingfisher property but other than that I only know what police told me ... they think they’ve been there about 50 years.

“I’m amazed QPWS didn’t find them and also that it’s taken 18 years (since Kingfisher Bay Resort was built) for them to pop up.”

Sgt Williams said forensic police believed the skeleton to be indigenous but could not confirm it until the bones were examined this week and a report sent to a coroner. The gender and age also could not be confirmed.

Mr Harvey said police told him that if confirmed as indigenous, the part-skeleton would be given to local Aboriginal people for an appropriate burial.

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