Cairns police have located human remains inside a vehicle near the Captain Cook Highway, a few hundred metres north of Rex Lookout.

The discovery was made on Monday, after a member of the public reported a white Holden utility in unoccupied land near the highway.

Initial investigations suggest the vehicle and the remains belong to 62-year-old man Kenneth Vaughan, who was reported missing in September last year.


Mr Vaughan was last seen leaving his Bentley Park home on the morning of 20 September, 2020.

CCTV footage also captured him driving past Clifton Beach in his white ute in the early hours of that morning.

His family have since tirelessly raised awareness on his disappearance, including his daughter Vikashni Moyle.

“I had a phone call yesterday saying that they found my dad’s vehicle down a steep embankment, just 400m north of Rex Lookout,” she wrote on social media today.  

“We still don’t know what happened, the police and road investigators are investigating to see what happened, but this most likely happened the night he went missing 14 months ago.

“At the moment it feels like we are going through the grieving process all over again.

“Thank you to everyone who shared and helped in the search for him, the last 14 months have not been easy not knowing what has happened to him.”

Police are yet to formally identify the remains while Forensic Crash Unit examinations are ongoing.

A report will be prepared for the coroner once investigations are complete.

Police said support and assistance are being provided to the family of Mr Vaughan.