Vehicle sparks police search, then leaves mid-hunt

AN UNOCCUPIED vehicle sparked a five hour investigation in Monto.

Parked at Dam Rd near Cania Gorge, those nearby were concerned as to where the owners were.

Beginning the task at 7.30am on Monday, police contacted all accommodation and businesses in the area but got no clues as to where the car's owners were.

The car was parked lawfully and did not appear to be faulty.

Acting Sergeant Ron Mientjes said the ordeal could have been easily avoided if the people concerned had followed a few simple precautions.

"If people are going to do stuff like bushwalking, rock climbing, canoeing, surfing, they need to let other people know where they are going and the time they expect to return," Sgt Mientjes said.

Making their way back to the vehicle's location, the police found the car had gone.

It was assumed the owners drove away and were safe.



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