Water police search for missing Qld man

Australia

Water police will scour creeks in far north Queensland as the search continues for a man who went missing more than a week ago.

Shane Holian’s car was found at Jourama Falls, north of Townsville, about 6pm on Sunday, a week after he advised he would stay there for a night and travel to Cairns the next day.

His car and his camping gear were there when police arrived on Sunday, but there was no sign of him.

Search parties on Sunday and Monday have so far failed to find him.

Police and SES crews resumed the search through dense bushland at first light on Tuesday.

Water police experts will join the search later in the day.

A police spokeswoman said their involvement was “simply a precaution” due to the number of creeks in the area.

Heavy rainfall in the region from ex-tropical cyclone Owen has hampered search efforts, with more rain expected on Tuesday.

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