Missing Australian man survives 18 days on mushrooms and dam water

  • 25/01/2021
Robert Weber was found near a dam on Sunday.
Robert Weber was found near a dam on Sunday. Photo credit: Facebook/Queensland Police Service

By Asha Abdi

A Queensland man missing for 18 days has been found alive just three kilometres from his car after he survived on mushrooms and water from a dam.

Robert Weber, 58, went missing after last being seen leaving a hotel in Kilkivan with his dog on his way to Dululu near Rockhampton on January 6.

His car got stuck in dirt on a farm road he was unfamiliar with shortly after leaving the hotel.

Police launched a search for Weber after he was reported missing but it was suspended on January 20 after volunteers and police searched bushland, rivers, dams, and steep terrain in Kilkivan. 

Nearby property owners and police were told to be on the lookout for the missing man. 

The missing 50-year-old was found at about 9am on Sunday near a dam by local MP Tony Perrett and his wife after they spotted Weber waving at them. 

"We'd been past this dam on numerous occasions over the last week and when we saw him there it was just quite extraordinary," Perrett told ABC.

Police said Weber spent three days in his car before running out of water. 

“He left on foot and became lost and remained at a dam, where he survived by sleeping on the ground, drinking dam water, and eating mushrooms,” police said in a statement.

Weber's dog has not been found after the pair became separated when Weber went to search for water.