A coronial investigation into the deaths of three men found in the outback Queensland near the Northern Territory border has begun.
Queensland police confirmed on the afternoon of December 28 a 31-year-old NT man was located in a critical condition at the side of Lake Nash Road near the border.
The man was transported to a medical clinic nearby where he died.
Days later on January 7, police received reports of an abandoned vehicle on a property 130 kilometres south of Camooweal and with the assistance of a local tracker, police were able to locate three sets of footprints leading away from the vehicle.
After searching the immediate vicinity police later found the bodies of two Indigenous men 13 kilometres away from the vehicle.
Police confirmed they have spoken to the families of the men, but the formal identification process was still ongoing.
Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation CEO Michael Gravener told the ABC the local community was devastated by the tragedy.
Mr Gravener also said he has spoken with the deceased men’s families and residents have raised concerns.
"If the scenario is that they've perished several weeks ago, in line with the other young fella, well, you would have to consider that there could've been a better coordination of services in order to search for these people who obviously were waiting to be found," he told the ABC.
The men were believed to be from the remote Utopia homelands, north-east of Alice Springs, and were returning home after visiting family.
Police said further information suggests that on December 27 four men travelling in the abandoned vehicle visited an address at Camooweal before three of them departed in the car later that evening on their way to the Northern Territory.
The vehicle has been towed to Mount Isa for scientific and mechanical examination, but police have said preliminary investigations indicate the deaths are not suspicious.
Police said they wanted to make contact with Shirley Dixon of the Utopia community to help them with the investigation.
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