Human remains found near campsite of popular celebrity reality show
The long-awaited reality series I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! is due to start this month, and people are ready to see some long-forgotten celebrities come together and literally parachute down into the Australian wilderness, where they're doomed to camp outside together, humiliate themselves with semi-dangerous tasks, and face some terrifying critters, most of which they'll probably be forced to eat.
But in a grisly twist to the show before it's even started, skeletal remains have been discovered right near the place the celebrities are supposed to camp. Human bones were found in the tropical forest, next to a backpack, shoes and some toiletries.
The remains were found by bushwalkers at around 11.15am after they spotted a pair of shoes poking out from under a bush near a popular walking track. The group was inspecting the area around the track, looking for a place to set up a zipline site before they made the horrifying discovery.
"They saw a set of shoes... in the distance underneath the brush," Police Inspector Rob Graham said. "It's around about 650 metres off the Aboriginal art trail."
"Scientific officers will methodically process the scene... they'll try to determine if there's been any foul play.
"There's a backpack and shoes and other personal toiletry items."
Police will need a few days to test the bones in order to determine who the remains belonged too. They were unable to say the gender and age of the person who perished in the bush. Police said that the area where the body was found is known to be a spot that homeless people occupy.
The walking track at Mt Coot-tha is close to the ominously-named JC Slaughter Falls, lying to the west of the Queensland city of Brisbane. The base for I'm A Celeb lies just to the north of the scene in the nearby Springbrook National Park. The walking track has been closed off while police try to figure out the cause of death and who the human remains belonged to.
The show is due to start on November 19, already two weeks later than usual. There have been severe weather warnings for the area, which is coming into winter where high rainfall and strong storms are standard for the tropical climate in the north-eastern Australian state. Forecasters are warning the area "will be hit by a string of major storms" – potentially tropical cyclones with winds up to 170mph – around the time the show is due to start.
Producers were already fearing they would have to push the launch date back to wait for the storms to pass, especially considering they might be strong enough to destroy the I'm A Celeb camp. It's all a bit of a sinister start to the show, and we'll have to wait and see how it all pans out.