Around noon yesterday, two four-wheel drive enthusiasts found the body badly decomposed during a trip to the Glass House Mountains in the Sunshine Coast outback.
The two men telephoned the police, who were unable to attend until 8 p.m. due to the difficult terrain.
Police said very little was known about the body so far and it was unclear whether it was male or female due to its deterioration.
Police have been unable to link the skeletal remains to a missing person report or an ongoing investigation and are treating the death as suspicious.
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“There is a cigarette lighter nearby,” said Craig Mansfield of Queensland Police.
“It looks like there are some charred areas, but we’re just trying to figure out if it’s just black from decomposition or if it’s actually charred.”
Police said it was likely the person was of small stature, possibly a teenager, and it is not known how long the body has been at the site.
“They (the remains) will be sent for further scientific and forensic analysis, including establishment of sex,” police said.
An incident center has been set up at Maroochydore Police Station with the Homicide Squad, police, scientists and forensic investigators working to identify the body.