Skull found on Fraser Island

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

Sergeant Roger Williams said a female tourist had been walking along the popular beach on 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.

While forensic police believed the skeleton to be indigenous, it could not be confirmed yesterday. Neither could the skeleton’s age and gender.

“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.



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