Mystery over human remains found off Queensland highway

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

Bones have been found off a Queensland motorway and now police are trying to determine who they belong to.

The bones were found on October 11 in bushland off Keefton Road in Gympie.

Police said a metal implant was found in one of their legs along with a blue Polo shirt, a pair of Jetstar shoes and pants covered in dirt and mud.

Among the clothing remnants police found a jawbone, teeth and a femur.

A shoe and blue pants covered in dirt found in bushland in Gympie.
Police are trying to determine who these clothes belong to after they were found in Gympie bushland. Source: Queensland Police

Queensland Police Inspector Gary Pettiford told reporters on Monday police believe the bones have been in the bush for more than two years.

They also have a theory on who they belong to and analysis has determined it’s likely the bones are from a woman.

The cause of death is yet to be determined.

“There are three possible scenarios,” Insp Pettiford said.

“One: that it’s an unfortunate accident – someone’s wandered into the bush and perished. Second scenario: it could be a suicide; or the third scenario: it could be something more sinister.”

A muddy, dirty blue shirt pictured with a surgical plate found inside a person's femur.
A plate (right) was found in a femur. Pictured (left) is the person's shirt. Source: Queensland Police

Insp Pettiford said “the key” now is determining who the bones belong to.

He added the surgical plate in the femur suggested the person suffered a “substantial fracture” in their leg.

It’s not known where the rest of the body is or if it simply decayed.

More than 450 people remain missing in Queensland but police said they haven’t been able to determine if the bones are from a person on the list.

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