It has been a busy week for emergency services in the outback after two missing people searches in Queensland and another in the Northern Territory.
The sad news so far is the death of one man near Richmond.
Police located the body of a man on a property outside of Maxwelton around 11am Sunday morning.
Sadly, officers believe it is Trent Grose who was reported missing to police on Saturday and we await formal identification of the body.
Police previously held concerns for Trent's welfare after a vehicle was found abandoned on a property 75kms west of Richmond.
The vehicle was found with a flat battery and it is possible it had been in this location for several days before it was found.
The body was located around 17kms from the abandoned vehicle on another remote property.
The discovery comes after police found a 34-year-old man reported missing in remote countryside at Duchess, 100km south of Mount Isa safe and well.
Emergency services coordinated an air and land search for 34-year-old Matthew Ashcroft of the Gold Coast after police were contacted about a white 4WD abandoned on the Cloncurry-Duchess Road.
The vehicle had run out of fuel and police fear Matthew may have walked off into harsh and remote terrain in an area experiencing very high temperatures.
Luckily for him he survived as did another woman near Alice Springs, one of three that abandoned a car which got bogged in an isolated road near the Finke River. It seems they were missing for two weeks before the alarm was raised. The fate of her two companions is unknown at the time of writing.
It seems clear that in at least two of these cases, these were people from metropolitan areas who underestimated the difficulty of dealing with breakdowns in remote Australia.
In all three cases they broke the golden rule of not abandoning your vehicle.
It's crucial in the Outback that you let someone know where you are going, carry plenty of water, and always, always, stay with the vehicle. It could be the difference between life and death.