Murder hoax sparks hunt for corpse

SES volunteers and police search the Brisbane River at Goodna after receiving reports of a murder.
SES volunteers and police search the Brisbane River at Goodna after receiving reports of a murder. Sarah Harvey

POLICE launched a large-scale search for the body of a man on the banks of the Brisbane River at Goodna yesterday following a hoax murder report.

Several crews of detectives, uniformed police and SES volunteers congregated at Noel Kelly Drive, near the Goodna boat ramp, yesterday morning, with a large section of Richardson Park cordoned off.

Inspector Keith McDonald said the search had been organised after a man contacted Goodna

Police early yesterday claiming that he'd had a late-night altercation with another man on the southern bank of the Brisbane River.

"He has alleged that they've had an altercation on the top of the bank in the early hours of Wednesday morning," Insp McDonald said.

Police remained tight-lipped about any other details until they could confirm or deny the report.

The man was later taken away by Ipswich CIB detectives and interviewed about his claims.

In the meantime, a search party including water police, divers and SES volunteers scoured a one-kilometre section of the bank in search of a body that they were never sure existed.

The man's claims were established as false about midway through the afternoon.

Insp McDonald said detectives took the man back to the scene of the supposed altercation in an effort to confirm the location, and perhaps pinpoint where the other man's body may be found.

It was at this point the man told police that he had invented the story.

Insp McDonald said last night it was not yet certain whether charges would be laid against the man for misleading authorities.

Topics:  brisbane river goodna hoax murder police ses

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