Found everything but the body - can you help solve the mystery

THE DISCOVERY of a fisherman’s personal items in the lake had Brian Galloway a little concerned about what he might find next.

On Saturday (February 13) Mr Galloway from Pacific Palms was snorkelling around the oyster leases off the western tip of Mathers Island when he came across an abandoned fishing rod. 

He continued swimming and within less than 20 metres he found a Barbah branded hat, a pair of prescription POLO branded glasses, a knife and a pair of scissors.

“I was worried about what I was going to find next!” said Brian, who shortly after finding the items returned to his houseboat located nearby. 

Brian and his wife Elizabeth spend between Christmas and Easter living on and off their houseboat and have done so for the last six years. Their boat ‘Y Not’ and dogs Mindy and Fudge, are a common site on the local waterways, especially when the dogs go for a morning SUP (stand up paddleboard) with Elizabeth. 

Usually docked around Miles Island, the couple clean up rubbish that is left behind or items that have been left in the waterways.

“I’ve found a lot of snorkels over the years. But I’m used to finding things, I have a bit of an eagle eye,” said Brian. 

Brian thinks either the fisherman was fishing right on the edge of the oyster lease or the items may have moved to the area in the water’s current. 

Brian hopes he can find the item’s owners, but if not, he’s found a new favourite hat style. 

“I tried it on and I couldn’t believe it fit,” said Brian. 

“I’ve looked up the brand and am thinking of getting my own.

“But if the hat fits...,” he chuckled.  

If you know who might be the owner of these items you can  contact Brian on 0400 728 448.   If you have any information about the incident email


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