IS he Australia's answer to survivalist Bear Grylls or did Gold Coast "miracle" survivor Brian Saunders fake his tale of spending five freezing nights in the bush with a box of raisins for food?
Police believe there could be some serious holes in Mr Saunders' story of going for a bushwalk wearing just a shirt and shorts, becoming lost and spending five nights in Lamington National Park with only three sandwiches, two litres of water and a small box of raisins for sustenance.
Six weeks after the 58-year-old emerged from the bush, News Ltd reported this morning that forensic officers had taken DNA samples from a pair of Gold Coast hinterland properties that Mr Saunders might have used as hideouts.
The search and rescue operation cost hundreds of thousands of dollars but Mr Saunders used one of his social media accounts to reject claims he made the story up.
"People who know me from all walks of life will be my defenders," he said.
Paramedics who treated Mr Saunders when he emerged from the bush on May 26 said at the time he was in "very good spirits".
The story began to unravel when it was noted he appeared to be in remarkable physical condition for someone who had endured freezing temperatures and who had eaten almost nothing for close to a week.
There were also concerns when it was discovered he was keen to sell his "miracle" story of survival.
Mr Saunders could be charged if it is found he faked his disappearance. - ARM NEWSDESK
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