How motorcycle accident led to discovery of missing man's body

The search for a missing motorbike rider has ended in tragedy after his body was discovered off the side of the road near the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Siemon Mulder had been missing since Monday after the experienced rider failed to return after a motorcycle ride from his home in Brisbane’s Sandgate to Esk.

Queensland police said on Sunday a member of the public had found Mr Mulder’s body next to a motorcycle off Maleny Stanley River Road at Booroobin.

Police said initial investigations indicated Mr Mulder crashed his motorcycle on a left-hand bend on the road.

Siemon Mulder's (left) body was found at the side of the road along with his motorbike (right). Source: Go Fund Me/9News

It’s believed the 66-year-old’s body was found when another bike rider had an accident in the same spot, 9News reported.

Resident Pamela Woodrow said a bike rider had gone over the side of the road and made the grim discovery.

“He was the one who discovered the previous bike,” she told the news outlet.

Police could not confirm how long Mr Mulder’s body had been there before it was discovered.

Locals said accidents in the area were not uncommon.

“It’s not the first person that’s been killed on this corner,” Ms Woodrow said.

Mr Mulder’s son, Luke, paid tribute to his father.

"He was a kind and gentle man who loved his motorcycles and always put his family first,” Luke told the Brisbane Times.

The Forensic Crash Unit will continue to investigate.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.

Do you have a story tip? Email: newsroomau@yahoonews.com.

You can also follow us on Facebook, download the Yahoo News app from iTunes or Google Play and stay up to date with the latest news with Yahoo’s daily newsletter. Sign up here.