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Man's body removed from Fitzroy

ON SCENE: The body of the man who drowned in the Fitzroy River on Sunday is shifted into a vehicle before being taken to the hospital’s morgue yesterday.
ON SCENE: The body of the man who drowned in the Fitzroy River on Sunday is shifted into a vehicle before being taken to the hospital’s morgue yesterday. Picture by Adam Wratten

DISTRAUGHT members of Vynanthious Peter John Dodd's family yesterday hugged each other as they gathered at the Fitzroy Motor Boat Club to watch as authorities brought their loved one back to shore.

It was an emotional scene as the group waited outside the cordoned-off area.

A couple of hours earlier Mr Dodd's body had been pulled out of the water after it was found near the Fitzroy Bridge, about 1.5 kilometres upstream of where the 26-year-old Clermont man went missing on Sunday.

Police said Mr Dodd's body was found intact.

It also surfaced yesterday that Mr Dodd was suffering a bad arm injury from a traffic accident when he went into the water to cool off on Sunday.

His body was taken to the hospital's morgue with a post-mortem expected to be completed yesterday afternoon or today.

It will then go to the Coroner who will determine if an inquest will need to be completed.

Rockhampton police Inspector Marcus Hill said the body was found about 7.20am.

Inspector Hill confirmed the body was that of the man who went missing on Sunday and said police would finalise their investigation in coming weeks which would then go to the Coroner.

“We do not believe the death was suspicious,” Inspector Hill said.

He confirmed Mr Dodd had an injury to his right arm which meant he could not use it as he normally would have.

Inspector Hill said police were still working with Mr Dodd's family during their traumatic time.

“A number of his immediate family from Clermont have come to Rockhampton,” Inspector Hill said.

Meanwhile, he urged people to stay out of the water.

“From time to time people do enter the river,” Inspector Hill said. “This is a great concern, especially when people go in after drinking.”


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