This burnt out sedan was found at the Eli Waters mud flats in Point Vernon yesterday.
This burnt out sedan was found at the Eli Waters mud flats in Point Vernon yesterday. NAT BROMHEAD

Blaze sparks man-hunt

POLICE surrounded swamp land at the Eli Waters mud flats yesterday as fire fighters battled a mystery car blaze and members of the dog squad scoured the area for the culprits.

Emergency crews including four cars from the Hervey Bay police station and scenes of crime officers were called to the fire in land backing on to Martin Street, Point Vernon about 2pm.

When they arrived the car was alight and threatening nearby bushland.

Police suspected the white Ford sedan had been stolen and the thieves had become bogged in the mud caused by rainfall.

Their suspicions were later confirmed when they contacted the owner of the car who was away in Brisbane.

The owner’s brother then visited the home the car had been taken from to find it had also been broken into.

Sniffer dogs tracked a lead but the scent was lost later in the afternoon.

At the time of going to press police were still investigating and no one had been charged.

Anyone with information can phone Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.



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