Tragic end to backpacker search

A BACKPACKING holiday ended tragically yesterday at Bald Rock, in the Boonoo Boonoo National Park, 45kms west of Tenterfield.

A body, believed to be that of a 24-year-old German man who had been reported missing while bushwalking on the rock with three friends, was discovered.

The man became separated from his friends at 3pm on Monday. They immediately began to search for him and when they were unable to find him they returned to the base of the rock and alerted emergency services about 5pm.

A search for the man began late on Monday afternoon. However, it was soon scaled down due to fading light and bad weather.

The search effort was stepped up yesterday morning, and at 11.40am a body was discovered.

It was reported in the media that the man had travelled with three friends from Queensland to Armidale and was returning to Queensland via the national park.

Late yesterday afternoon, a forensic investigation of the scene was being conducted in a location police described as remote.

It is expected the body will be retrieved once the investigation is complete. The man is yet to be formally identified.

Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and a report was expected to be prepared for the Coroner.

During the search, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter from Lismore was unable to land at the rock due to air turbulence. It was forced to land at Tenterfield in order for a special causality access team (SCAT) member to alight.



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