Tip-off adds to intrigue of search for prospector in Cape York
A CATTLE station manager has been questioned over the disappearance of an experienced gold prospector in Cape York.
he Cairns Post understands the man spent Wednesday night in the Atherton watch-house where he was questioned by police, before being released yesterday morning.
Mareeba resident Bruce Schuler, 48, was reported missing on Monday night by friends after he failed to return from a day out prospecting on the historic Palmerville goldfields, about 150km southwest of Cooktown.
Mr Schuler, who is a licensed prospector, made contact with his family on Saturday night and was last seen about 10.30am on Monday.
Cairns police Insp Peter Mansfield said an anonymous tip-off prompted police to launch an investigation.
"We are seeking assistance from that person to contact us again, we would also like anyone else with information or knowledge of (Mr Schuler’s) movements since Saturday night to contact us," he said.
Insp Mansfield said about 15 police officers and SES volunteers were involved in the search, as well as using a helicopter, quad bikes and officers on horseback.
"We’re obviously hoping that we do find Mr Schuler alive. However, the nature of the information given to us certainly makes his disappearance highly suspicious," he said.
Insp Mansfield said Mr Schuler was near the Palmer River when he went missing, but police were unsure of his exact location.
There are concerns about the difficult and rugged terrain where Mr Schuler went missing.
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