Family’s search for missing East Kimberley man continues despite lack of leads in police investigation

Stephanie SinclairThe Kimberley Echo
Jeremiah Rivers was last seen on Sunday, 17 October.
Camera IconJeremiah Rivers was last seen on Sunday, 17 October. Credit: Facebook

Three months after Warmun man Jeremiah “Jayo” Rivers disappeared under suspicious circumstances, family members remain in outback Queensland scouring the area he was last seen.

The 27-year-old disappeared while camping with a group of six others in south-west Queensland near Wippo Creek on the morning of October 18, and despite an initial police search of the area, there has been no sign of him since.

Homicide detectives are investigating the case, with the circumstances surrounding his disappearance considered suspicious.

Jeremiah ‘Jayo’ Rivers is a passionate footballer, and had been playing on the east coast.
Camera IconJeremiah ‘Jayo’ Rivers is a passionate footballer, and had been playing on the east coast. Credit: AFL NT Aaron Black/Facebook

More than a dozen family members from the East Kimberley and Northern Territory initially travelled to south west Queensland to search for Mr Rivers, who was in contact with relatives before he began his journey on October 16.

Three months on, his aunt Brenda Garstone said two relatives remained in the region continuing their search, with little input from police.

“We haven’t got any leads, we don’t know what the detectives are doing,” she said.

“They’re not interested in going back out and searching, which is shocking.”

A Queensland Police spokesperson said while a land search has ceased, investigations into Mr Rivers’ disappearance were ongoing, with evidence continuing to be analysed against new information received.

“No further searching has been conducted by police at this time and further searching will only occur when evidence supports a location that should be searched,” the spokesperson said.

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