Body Found In Search For Missing Wildlife Photographer Matthew Dyer
A body believed to belong to wildlife photographer Matthew Dwyer was found at the bottom of a cliff in Western Australia.
The search for Dwyer, 51, began after members of the public found his backpack and car keys in Bluff Knoll on Wednesday morning.
Sadly, his body was found by SES officers "at the base of a steep incline" shortly before midday on Thursday.
“Obviously it’s not the outcome we were hoping for but nonetheless it’s still an outcome that brings closure to the family," Acting Superintendent Alex Ryan said.
Dwyer leaves behind three children. Ryan said the family would be "devastated".
Dwyer, a wildlife photographer with more than 30 years experience, had snapped an award-winning photo of a quokka in the Bluff Knoll region last year, Perth Now reports.
"He was a brilliant photographer and will be missed by all that knew him here in Freemantle," Edda Pinelli wrote on Facebook.
"Still shocked by what has happened."
It's the second death on Bluff Knoll in less than six months after woman Lorjie Bautista was also discovered at the base of a steep incline in May.
Just this week, two injured hikers were winched to safety by helicopter.
The Bluff Knoll walking trail, which is classified as Grade 4 and requires a moderate level of fitness and experience, has since reopened to the public.
Ryan warned hikers to be careful, follow the signs, keep to the tracks, keep away from the edges of the bluff itself, and be aware of the weather.
"It's very changeable weather, high winds, be prepared for the temperature to change quite dramatically and fairly quickly,"
"This is a busy time of year for the park, it's wildflower season, school holidays so you do have an increase in visitors to the park naturally you'll get a higher volume of people coming through," he said.