Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Pittsworth Man Found Dead; Search Teams Recover Body of 76-Year-Old

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Pittsworth Man Found Dead; Search Teams Recover Body of 76-Year-Old

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Byline: Callum Bentley Callum.Bentley@thechronicle.com.au

WHEN Pittsworth man Reuben Sippel packed up his tackle box and took his fishing rod down to one of his favourite fishing spots on the Condamine River on Saturday, there was no way he would know this trip would be his last.

Later that evening when the 76-year-old did not return home, concerned family alerted Pittsworth police.

The Pittsworth police and SES formed a search party, but long-time friend of Mr Sippel and SES group leader Neil Miles said poor light made it too dangerous to continue searching throughout the evening.

aWe received a call from police on Saturday evening but by the time we got down to the river and found Reuben's ute it was too dark,a he said.

aWe searched around the area where his vehicle was located until the early morning, but to go down closer to the river in the dark was too dangerous.a

The search party was called off and rescheduled to resume at first light yesterday morning. …

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