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Body of Games medallist found

Police are looking for Benjamin McEachran, who hasn't been seen since early on February 26.
Police are looking for Benjamin McEachran, who hasn't been seen since early on February 26. Contributed

THE body of 34-year-old Ben McEachran, who was reported missing from Gladstone, was found yesterday afternoon in Calliope.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

They will prepare a report for the coroner.

Mr McEachran, a former light heavyweight boxer, won bronze medals for Australia at both the 2002 Manchester and 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Sadly, his boxing career was cut short after a 16-year-old hit Mr McEachran outside a pub in 2006.

The secretary of Queensland Boxing, Allan Nicolson, said the tragic death of the young man would come as a shock in every boxing household in the state.

"There wouldn't be a boxer in Queensland who wouldn't know who he is," he said.

"You couldn't meet a nicer, more polite, charming young man. It's a tragedy for the people close to him."

It is the second death in less than two years for the local boxing community after teen Olympian Billy Ward took his own life in 2013.

Call Lifeline on 13 1114 or beyondblue on 1300 224 636 for support.

EARLIER: Gladstone Police are seeking public assistance to help locate a 34-year-old man reported missing from Gladstone on Thursday.

Ben McEachran was last seen leaving his workplace at 6.30am.

Police hold concerns for his wellbeing as he suffers from a medical condition and requires medication.

Mr McEachran is a two times Commonwealth Games medallist.

He won a bronze medal in boxing at the 2002 Manchester games and the 2006 Melbourne games.

Ben McEachran at boxing training in 2006.
Ben McEachran at boxing training in 2006.

His boxing career ended when he was hit in the head with a brick outside a Gladstone pub in 2006.

Mr McEachran is believed to be driving a grey 2007 Ford Ranger utility registration number 605 KZY.

He is described as Caucasian in appearance, 180cm tall, olive complexion, medium build, dark brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing hi-vis yellow work clothes.

Gladstone Police said they were searching all over the region.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.

Topics:  editors picks gladstone police missing persons



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