News State Queensland Police investigate suspicious deaths after bodies wash ashore on Bribie Island

Police investigate suspicious deaths after bodies wash ashore on Bribie Island

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The bodies were found on the remote northern tip of Bribie Island. Photo: Twitter
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Police are investigating the suspicious deaths of two people whose bodies were washed up on Bribie Island in Queensland.

The pair, a man and a woman aged in their 30s, had sustained injuries and police say they had been in the water for more than 24 hours before being spotted by a passer-by who was inspecting turtle nests about 8am on Saturday.

Senior Sergeant Scott Wiggins from Sunshine Coast police said the bodies were found about three kilometres from the northern tip on the ocean side at the high tide mark.

A jet ski linked to the pair was located on the calmer, mainland side of the island.

“By all accounts from some locals around this area, it’s fairly common for people to park their tinnies or jet skis in the calm waters of the Pumicestone Passage and walk across Bribie Island to the open side and go for a swim in the surf there,” Sergeant Wiggins said.

The pair were wearing swimming apparel but not life jackets and there were marks on the bodies, police said.

“There are some injuries to the bodies but … we are conducting examinations in relation to those injuries to see if they were caused by the environment,” Sergeant Wiggins said.

Police are trying to piece together the movements of the pair immediately before their deaths.

They are appealing for information from the public to help them confirm the identity of the man and woman, in particular whether anyone has not returned from a trip to or from Bribie Island.

The bodies have been removed from the island as the investigation continues.