Desperate search for ex-Navy officer ends in tragedy as his body is found THREE MONTHS after he mysteriously vanished during a morning walk
- Anthony Roper went missing on March 19 after going for a morning stroll
- Roper was found dead on Wednesday afternoon by police
- The 69-year-old was suffering from dementia and his condition was worsening
- His family had just granted additional medical assistance for his condition
A desperate search for a missing man who mysteriously vanished three months ago has ended in tragedy.
Anthony Roper, who suffered from dementia, went missing while on a morning walk in his home town of Cleveland, Queensland.
The 69-year-old, who had live there for more than 20 years, disappeared on March 19.
Anthony Roper (pictured left) went missing three months ago on a morning walk in his home town of Cleveland
Mr Roper had been an officer in the Australian Royal Navy before retiring.
Crews of SES personnel and community members rallied together in the proceeding days and weeks, searching in nearby bushland and rivers after his disappearance.
The week before Anthony vanished, his family had been granted additional help with his medical condition.
Roper (pictured) was found deceased on Wednesday afternoon by police
Roper was a much loved family member. His son thanked the community for their search efforts when Anthony (pictured) went missing
His family had sought assistance with his dementia worsening and a GPS tracker was being discussed.
Anthony went missing in similar circumstances in September last year. He was missing for around 24 hours but was found safe.
Anthony’s son, Joel Roper, said he would stop at nothing when Anthony went missing.
‘We’re hopeful we’re going to find him either one way or the other, and have some closure,’ Mr Roper said.
Roper had dementia and his family had been seeking medical assistance as his condition worsened
‘We’re just trying to come together to see what’s happening as far as the searching goes. I’m glad the community has come together. A lot of people keep to themselves but when things like this come out they really do come together, it’s amazing.’
Once again the community rallied together to remember Anthony, lighting a candle and enjoying a warm hot chocolate, which was Anthony’s favourite drink.
Police have confirmed Anthony’s death is not being treated as suspicious and QLD police thanked the media and community are thanked for their assistance throughout this investigation.