RESIDENTS in the Monto area have been left shocked after the body of “bloody brilliant bushman” and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Moonford Management Unit ranger in charge Neil Teague, was found in Coominglah State Forest on Saturday afternoon.
Monto resident Ray Dunwoody said he knew Mr Teague, who resided in the small Moonford community just outside of Monto, through a mutual love of fishing.
“He would help us out a lot with fishing and teaching us how to tie new knots,” he said.
Mr Teague, who was married with two children, was reported missing on late Thursday afternoon after he failed to meet a work colleague at a designated pick up point while undertaking field work.
Mr Teague was in radio contact with his colleague prior to going missing.
Chalmers Retrovision owner Ray Chalmers said Mr Teague was one of the first to help out if anyone was injured or went missing in the park.
“He would be in boots and all. He knew the countryside very well,” Mr Chalmers said.
Mr Chalmers, who knew Mr Teague through a business relationship, said he was always a joy to see.
“He was a wonderful guy, always happy and I never saw him annoyed about anything,” Mr Chalmers said.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife executive director Andrea Leverington offered support to Mr Teague's family.
“I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the ranger's family at this very sad time,” Ms Leverington said.
About 50 searchers and the AGL Search and Rescue helicopter scoured the forest for a sign of Mr Teague on Friday and the search crew was more than doubled to 108 on Saturday.
Monto SES local controller Graham Radel said searchers scoured an area of 4km by 6km in the forest until the grim discovery was made near Hurdle Gully Road at about 3pm on Saturday.
Mr Radel said he had often worked with Mr Teague.
“He was the organiser or the man in charge of the northern area of the park. He gave us hands-on help on various occasions to do things like carry people out with sprained ankles and things like that,” he said.
Queensland Police said they believe Mr Teague fell about 8m from a cliff in rough terrain.
Mr Teague was carrying a mobile phone, hand held radio, a GPS unit, a compass and it is believed an EPIRB.
Police are currently undertaking investigations and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
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