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Waterskiing boy found car in dam with body inside

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy found the car that had human remains in it while water skiing on Saturday afternoon, Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said at a media conference in Gladstone today.

"The vehicle was found by people who were going to ski. It was actually  located by a 12-year-old boy," he said.

"He got in the water and felt the number plate and got the rego off it, and then the father googled it."

"Because we previously released the rego number, it came up saying call the police".

Sgt Luke Peachey explains how a 12-year-old boy helped police find Kurt Kempton's Holden

The Holden Colorado belonged to Kurt Kempton --- a Boyne Valley man who has been missing for 16 months.

Sgt Peachey said police were "keeping an open mind" about the investigation and "obviously haven't ruled out foul play yet".

"However, we are still treating it as a missing person investigation at the moment."

The vehicle was only partly submerged and the number plates weren't visible, according to Sgt Peachey.

He said police believe the vehicle had been in the water "for quite a substantial amount of time".

Forensic police are working to officially identify the remains and find out how the car ended up in the water.

The ute that was pulled from Lake Awoonga.
The ute that was pulled from Lake Awoonga. MIKE RICHARDS

Sgt Peachey said "there is a sense of relief" for parents Jacqui and Warren, although the body is still to be officially identified.

"They were obviously relieved as well as obviously distraught."

"There was always some hope that he would be found alive." 

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