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Police confirm identity of body found in a Cairns waterway after flash flooding

Tuesday January 1, 2019 - 02:02 EDT
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The area where Mr Kahn was last seen entering Chinaman Creek on Saturday. - ABC

Police confirm the identity of the body found in mangroves after recent flash flooding is 28-year-old Rowan Kahn, who was last seen entering a creek canal on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Ebony King, last seen last seen trying to cross a fast-moving creek, has been missing since Thursday.

Queensland police said a fisherman found Mr Kahn's body among mangroves along Chinaman Creek, upstream of the Trinity Inlet, at about 10:00am on Monday.

Chief superintendent Brian Huxley said people needed to use "common sense" especially when the region was set to receive more heavy rain.

"Creeks and rivers are expected to rise very quickly now so you just cannot afford to be crossing any creek or any flooded causeway or road system at all — it's just it's far too dangerous," he said.



Friends found clothing belonging to Mr Kahn on the creek bank on Saturday morning

Ebony King, 34, was last seen trying to cross a fast-moving creek near Rossville, south of Cooktown, while trying to get home on Thursday.

She has not been found.

Chief superintendent Huxley said it was "too dangerous" for rescue crews to continue searching for Ms King on Monday.

"As soon as the weather conditions clear we will be resuming the search," he said.



On Sunday, police launched a search using police and SES personnel along the creek on foot, in vehicles and in a boat, as well as use of a drone.

Ms King's Aunt Jacqui Barnes said in a Facebook post that her niece was a "warrior".

"We're still hoping for a miracle," she said.

A number of Ms King's friends also wished for her safety on social media.

"They've gotta find her! She is too strong of a soul to be taken," Reggie Hammond said in a post.

"Eb is as tough as they make them and at home in the bush so if someone has a chance, then she does," Ben Paterson said.

"She is much loved and we all want her to be still with us … I'm not giving up on her, none of us are, she's a fighter," Skye Yeomans said.


- ABC

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