Human remains found at Iluka
By Adrian Miller
A routine weed-spraying operation turned grisly for a Clarence Valley Council worker at Iluka yesterday after he discovered a human skeleton in bushes near Main Beach.
Council weed sprayer Geoff Stubbings made the chilling discovery while spraying bush in sand dunes above Main Beach at 10am yesterday.
A police forensics unit was called from Coffs Harbour to examine the skeleton and secure the area.
According to police, no identification was found with the skeleton, but a thorough search of the area will be conducted today.
The police spokesperson declined to comment on any current missing persons cases.
Mr Stubbings said he discovered the bones while walking through a patch of scrub no more than 50 metres from the beach.
He said because animal bones were a common find among the dunes, he did not recognise the bones as human at first.
"I was out spraying the bush and I saw some bones on the ground which I thought were animal bones originally, but on closer investigation I realised it was a human skull," he said.
"I had a close look at the skull and noticed that it had fillings, because initially I wasn't sure if it was an ancient human or a recent thing."
Mr Stubbings said a hip bone and parts of the spinal column were lying at ground level on top of the soil.
He said he wasn't surprised the bones had not been found before.
"Last year they were probably covered with bush. That's why they wouldn't have been noticed then. But now it's all a cleared area. That's why it'd be noticeable now," he said.