'Arson' suspect on the run

POLICE are searching for a man aged in his early twenties who was involved in an attempted arson offence in Warwick on Saturday night.

A spokesman for the Warwick Police Criminal Investigation Branch said emergency crews were called to an unoccupied residence on Gillam St at Glennie Heights about 9pm on Saturday, where a fire was reported to have broken out.

He said witnesses observed a male of large build and about six feet tall in dark clothing, along with a number of juveniles, acting suspiciously in the vicinity at the time of the fire.

It had gone out by the time a Queensland Fire and Rescue Service crew arrived with police.

"It is believed the incident is related to a disturbance at the property a fortnight ago," the CIB spokesman said.

"Entry to the residence was forced and a number of telephone books and curtains were used in an attempt to burn down the structure.

"Police are in the process of locating this suspect and the juveniles concerned, but we would still appreciate any information which the public may have to offer."

In other police news from the weekend, a 40-year-old Nambour man who went missing near Cherry Gully east of Warwick on Sunday, March 11, was located deceased on Saturday.

His death is not being treated as suspicious. It is understood the man, Paul Devine, had worked on a property in that area previously.

An extensive search was carried out in the days following his disappearance and it is understood he was found by relatives searching in the area at the weekend.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

More than 100 State Emergency Service volunteers joined police to scour the Wildash and Cherry Gully areas as part of the search, and the RACQ CareFlight helicopter was also brought in.

The search was suspended on Sunday, March 18.


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