Sad development in outback search
Monday, 2nd December, 2019
Queensland Police said they located the body of a man on a property outside of Maxwelton at around 11am yesterday morning.
Sadly, officers believe it is Trent Grose, who was reported missing to police on Saturday. However, formal identification of the body is now underway.
Police previously said they had held concerns for Trent’s welfare after a vehicle with a flat battery was found abandoned on a property 75kms west of Richmond, which they believed to be his.
Prior to the vehicle being found, Trent had not been in contact with family or friends for about two weeks.
A Facebook message was posted on Saturday on behalf of Trent’s mother, urging anyone with information about Trent’s whereabouts to contact his worried mum.
Worried family and friends had been sharing the post over the weekend and were urged to share out to Qld/NT Truckies on the Road, as Trent would be more likely to hitch a ride with a truckie rather than get in someone’s car, the message said.
Searches on Saturday involved police and two helicopters, to no avail. The search was resumed yesterday with police, SES, local station personnel and equipment involved, as well as helicopter support.
The body was located around 17kms from the abandoned vehicle on another remote property.
Police said they are not treating the death as suspicious, with Trent’s family notified of the development, and a report being prepared for the Coroner.
Trent, 25, and formerly of Broken Hill, had previously worked on rural properties in Central Queensland, but had not worked at the property where the car was found.
Sadly, according to the Australian Missing Persons Facebook page, Trent’s mother updated them with the message which reads, “Trent has been located tragically deceased.”
Subsequently, hundreds of tributes have flowed on the page, and it also stated that, “Mum Karen thanks everyone from the bottom of her heart for sharing and caring.”
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