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Monto farmer and his horse died while mustering

The 80-year-old man and his horse disappeared in the flood waters of his property.Contributed
The 80-year-old man and his horse disappeared in the flood waters of his property.Contributed Contributed

A MONTO farmer and his horse died while mustering cattle at his property in Glenleigh on Abercorn Rd.

The 80-year-old man was moving the cattle to higher ground away from the rising water.

The man's body was found Saturday morning around 9am, about 300m from the homestead.

He was last seen Friday at around 3pm, and alarm of his disappearance was raised at 9pm.

The horse body was located first and was about 50m away from the man.

UPDATE at 12:40pm: MONTO Police Sergeant Mick Bazzo said the man was last seen at 3pm on Friday.

"He failed to return and alarm of his disappearance was raised at 9pm," he said.

"Police and volunteers searched the area last night but were hampered by rising waters.

"The search was suspended until daylight, and it recommenced at 5am this morning with the assistance of a CareFlight helicopter, other police, and volunteer searchers.

"His body was located around 9am this morning.

North Burnett SES Unit Local Controller Brian Lowe said the man's horse also died.

"The horse was found first, and then the man - he was 50m away from the horse," he said.

"The man was only 300m from the house.

"It is believed that sometime yesterday he decided to move cattle because of rising waters."

The exact cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

The incident happened in Abercorne, between Monto and Eidsvold on the Burnett Hwy.

His family has been notified.

EARLIER: AN ELDERLY man has gone missing in Monto after he was mustering on the Glenleigh property yesterday afternoon.

A police spokesperson said weather conditions could have been the cause of his disappearance.

"An 80-year-old man was mustering on horseback on a rural property which we believe was flood affected, we were advised last night that he didn't return home," they said.

"The horse he was on was located today however the 80-year-old man is still missing.

"We've got rescue teams from QFES as well as assistance from the SES.

"Monto and Bundy police are searching the area with local residents on horseback."

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