SEARCH CONTINUES: SES workers get ready to scour bush land on Monday near Borumba Dam in the search of missing camper Bruce Skewes.
SEARCH CONTINUES: SES workers get ready to scour bush land on Monday near Borumba Dam in the search of missing camper Bruce Skewes. Contributed

UPDATE: Sad end to Imbil missing person search

UPDATED 2PM TUESDAY: THE body of missing man Bruce Skewes has been found by police today.

Police have ruled out suspicious circumstances in the 49-year-olds death and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

Gympie Police Inspector Steve Donnelly praised the efforts of SES volunteer searchers and police officers

"This was a protracted land, air and water search in very challenging terrain," he said.

"We had our best search coordinators on this and the dedication and perseverance of the SES teams on the ground has brought closure for the family and friends."

He was reported missing from near Borumba Dam on February 15.

EARLIER: THE intense search for a man, who has not been seen for 13 days since he disappeared from a secluded bush camp site at Borumba Dam, continues today.

Police have not ruled out foul play but believe 49-year-old Bruce Skewes is more likely to be the victim of a "natural occurrence".

A snake bite, getting lost or breaking a limb are scenarios police are considering, Imbil police sergeant Brock Murphy said ahead of the search's thirteenth day.

The Cootharaba man was last seen before heading off on a one-man camping trip to Borumba Dam more than two weeks ago.

 

Bruce Skewes
Bruce Skewes

His flat mate was aware of his plans, Sgt Murphy said, but authorities were contacted when he failed to return when expected.

Police found his car parked opposite the Borumba Dam look out, and kilometres away down a bush track found a secluded camp-site thought to be Mr Skewe's that provided the last clue to his whereabouts.

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Police have spent this week conducting an extensive air, land and water search of the dam area involving local police, SES personnel and Polair.

But no evidence has been found other than the camp site, Sgt Murphy said.

"Nothing's been found. It's very mountainous, rough terrain, and quite dense.

"We're doing the best we can."

 

Police have been active over the summer months at Borumba Dam.
Police have been active over the summer months at Borumba Dam. Queensland Police

The search has concentrated on the southern side of Borumba Dam near the boat ramp, Sgt Murphy said.

"He parked his vehicle opposite the Borumba Dam lookout and has entered bushland in a track in the area."

Sgt Murphy said authorities were highly concerned about the number of days he had been missing, putting him at high risk as a missing person.

Sgt Murphy said while he had camped alone once before, he was not an experienced camper.

"He's expressed a bit of an interest in bush craft and outdoor activities - a recent thing he's taken on," Sgt Murphy said.

 

Borumba Dam WallPhoto Craig  Warhurst / Gympie Times
Borumba Dam WallPhoto Craig Warhurst / Gympie Times Craig Warhurst

"At this point he is missing in the bush and most probably it's a result of a natural occurrence."

He said advised family and friends were very concerned.

"We'll continue to search today and hope for the best. It is likely that we will conclude the search shortly."

Mr Skewes is described as Caucasian, 180cm tall and with brown hair and brown eyes.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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