Body found in dam
Police divers locate backpacker missing since Saturday:
POLICE divers have found the body of a male person in a dam on the property where an extensive search has been under way for a missing Italian backpacker.
It is believed to be that of 26-yr-old Ilario Viviani.
Mr Viviani was last seen about 7.30pm on Saturday, July 18, at a property south of Childers.
Speaking at the scene, Detective Acting Inspector David Briese said police had been co-ordinating the search with search and rescue co-ordinators, SES and Careflight.
“The investigations to date have centred around searches of this area,” he said.
“Today police divers were bought in, they have searched a body of water, and uncovered a male person, who we believe is our missing person.”
Det Act Insp Briese said police did not believe there were suspicious circumstances surrounding the man’s disappearance and death, but an autopsy in coming days would confirm that belief.
Police have praised the efforts of all those who helped in the search, particularly the SES, which have been searching since Monday.
“They leave their day jobs to assist us and they have searched high and low,” Det Act Insp Briese said.
The man’s family have been notified.
MISSING BACKPACKER: IIario Viviani last seen on July 18.