The body found in a stormwater drain has been confirmed as a Gladstone man in his 30s.
The body found in a stormwater drain has been confirmed as a Gladstone man in his 30s. Andrew Thorpe

'TRAUMATIC': Body confirmed as Gladstone man

THE body found in a stormwater drain yesterday has been confirmed as a Gladstone man in his 30s.

Police have revealed new details about his identity after retrieving the body that is believed to have been in the drain for over a week.

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Today, a team of up to five people crawled into the drain with the grisly duty of retrieving the body.

Acting Detective Inspector Luke Peachey said fingerprint identification had confirmed his identity as a local man in his 30s.

Insp Peachey said police will not release his name at this stage.

"There doesn't seem to be anything pointing to anything suspicious but that will be a matter for our investigators," he said.

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He credited the work of QFRS officers, investigators and the Gladstone Regional Council.

Three investigators and at least two fire fighters retrieved the man's body.

"It was pretty traumatic down there," he said.

The body found in a stormwater drain has been confirmed as a Gladstone man in his 30s.
The body found in a stormwater drain has been confirmed as a Gladstone man in his 30s. Andrew Thorpe

"In some stages the officers had to crawl through... It wouldn't have been a pleasant site or job and I take my hat off to those who did it."

He said autopsy results would confirm how and when the man died. Results are hoped to be finalised within the coming days.

Initial investigations show the man wasn't on a missing persons register but Inspector Peachey said they were looking into this further.



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