January 24, 2021
Robert Weber – who went missing near Kilkivan on January 6 – has been found alive and well by a local property owner.
The search for Mr Weber had been suspended on Friday after a ground and air hunt failed to locate him.
Police and SES volunteers had scoured bushland, rivers, dams and steep terrain during wet conditions for more than a week before the decision was made to discontinue the search.
However, police at the time urged landholders in the area to keep an eye out for Mr Weber on their properties.
A police spokesperson said Mr Weber was found about 9:00am on Sunday by a property owner near a dam.
The spokesman said initial indications were that Mr Weber’s Ford Falcon sedan became bogged on a road he was unfamiliar with.
“He remained at his car with his dog for three days before running out of water,” the spokesperson said.
“He left on foot and became lost and remained at a dam where he survived by sleeping on the ground, drinking dam water and eating mushrooms.”
Mr Weber was taken to hospital suffering exposure but was otherwise safe and well.
The Nerangba man had been last sighted with his dog leaving the Kilkivan Hotel in a white 2000 model Ford Falcon on January 6.
His vehicle was later found bogged.
Mr Weber’s dog has not been located.