Ian Robertson of Nambour was reported missing after he was last seen taking camping gear from his ute Monday afternoon near Cooktown bushland.
Ian Robertson of Nambour was reported missing after he was last seen taking camping gear from his ute Monday afternoon near Cooktown bushland.

‘Odd’ circumstances surrounding huge search for missing man

Police have revealed the “odd” circumstances surrounding the land and air search for a Nambour man which led officers to dense bushland in Far North Queensland, 2500km from his home.

Senior Sergeant Ed Lukin said about 3pm Thursday police made contact with Ian Robertson via text messages on his phone, and Mr Robertson indicated he would walk out of the bush if he could.

Coast man missing in FNQ found after huge search

A search is underway for Sunshine Coast man Ian Robertson who was reported missing near Cooktown.
A search is underway for Sunshine Coast man Ian Robertson who was reported missing near Cooktown.

The contact came four days after he was last seen on Battle Camp Rd, Cooktown taking what appeared to be camping gear from his ute.

Sen Sgt Lukin said police immediately returned to the search after it had ended for the day, and activated their sirens which ultimately led Mr Robertson to the police vehicle.

He said Mr Robertson told police he was camping in the area and that he was not lost.

Sen Sgt Lukin said this was confirmed by the fact Mr Robertson had intermittent phone service and did not seek help. He said it was possible Mr Robertson was just metres from the search area but not spotted.

After he was located, Mr Robertson was assessed by paramedics and taken to Cooktown Hospital suffering slight dehydration.

A search involving police, State Emergency Services and a helicopter begun after Ian Robertson's black 2006 Ford Falcon utility (pictured) was located on Battle Camp Road around 2pm yesterday.
A search involving police, State Emergency Services and a helicopter begun after Ian Robertson's black 2006 Ford Falcon utility (pictured) was located on Battle Camp Road around 2pm yesterday.

Sgt Lukin said he was in a “pretty good state” considering he had been in the bush for days with limited access to food and water.

The search involved police, State Emergency Service volunteers and a helicopter.

It was initiated after Mr Robertson’s black 2006 Ford Falcon utility was found on Battle Camp Rd about 2pm Monday.

Sgt Lukin thanked volunteers and emergency services for their “tireless” efforts.

He said police held genuine concerns for Mr Robertson’s safety given the “odd nature and circumstances” of him being at that location.

“We are not going to speculate on the purpose of that trip, suffice to say we had suspicious grounds to be concerned about this behaviour considering he had drive 2500km into an area that is as far as we know completely unknown to him and he has no links to that area,” Sen Sgt Lukin said.

Sgt Lukin said Mr Robertson was “quickly back on the road” about 20 minutes after police made contact with him.

“The matter will rest as it is, we have achieved our objective by finding this missing person and we won’t be looking into it any further,” Sgt Lukin said.



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