Nate Preston was a 20-year-old man from Nambour, Queensland, who went missing on May 22, 2024, after a night out with friends in Mooloolaba. He was a loving and strong person, who had a gift of making people feel special and loved. He worked as a forklift driver and had his whole life ahead of him. His family and friends were desperate to find him and hoped for his safe return. However, their worst fears were confirmed when his body was found submerged in a river near a four-wheel-drive track in the Glass House Mountains on June 11, 2024. The cause of his death remains a mystery, as police are treating it as suspicious and have not ruled out foul play.
The Disappearance of Nate Preston
Nate Preston was last seen at around midnight on May 22, 2024, in Mooloolaba, a coastal town on the Sunshine Coast. He had been out with his friends at a pub, where he was seen talking to a woman. He left the pub alone and walked towards the beach. He never made it home and did not contact his family or friends. He also failed to show up to his job, which was unusual for him. His mother, Petra, reported him missing on May 25, 2024, after she could not reach him on his phone. She said he was a responsible and reliable person, who always kept in touch with his loved ones. She feared that something bad had happened to him.
Police launched a search for Nate Preston, involving helicopters, boats, divers, and dogs. They also appealed to the public for any information or sightings of him. They found his belongings, including his phone, wallet, and shoes, near one of the canals in Mooloolaba, five days after his disappearance. They analysed the tidal patterns and searched the waterways, but found no trace of him. They also checked the CCTV footage and interviewed his friends and the woman he spoke to at the pub, but did not find any leads or clues. They said they were keeping an open mind about his disappearance and did not rule out any possibilities.
The Discovery of Nate Preston’s Body
On June 11, 2024, almost three weeks after Nate Preston went missing, his body was found by two men who were driving on a remote four-wheel-drive track in the Beerburrum State Forest, near the Glass House Mountains. The men noticed something in the water and went to investigate. They were shocked to discover human remains and immediately contacted the police. Police confirmed that the body was that of Nate Preston and said they were treating his death as suspicious. They said the area around the body was charred, indicating that it may have been burnt. They also said they did not know how long the body had been there or whether he died there or was dumped there. They said they were conducting a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death and were following up on several lines of inquiry.
Police said they had no reports of missing persons in the area and that Nate Preston’s body was not related to another case of human remains found on a four-wheel-drive track in the Glass House Mountains on June 8, 2024. That case involved a skeleton that was also burnt and was believed to be a male. Police said they were still trying to identify that person and establish a link between the two cases.
The Grief and Questions of Nate Preston’s Family and Friends
Nate Preston’s family and friends were devastated by the news of his death and said they wanted justice for him. They said he was a kind and generous person, who had a bright future and a lot of dreams. They said he was passionate about music, sports, and adventure. He loved his family, especially his mother, brother, and sister, and his friends, who he considered his second family. He was always there for them and made them laugh. They said he did not deserve to die in such a horrific way and that they hoped the police would find out who was responsible for his death and why they did it.
Nate Preston’s mother, Petra, said he was a blessing to her and that he will always be in her heart. She said he had a gift of making people feel special and loved and that he was a loyal and honest person. She said he will be forever 20 and that she will never forget him. She thanked everyone who helped in the search for him and who supported her and her family during this difficult time. She also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his funeral and to help his family cope with the loss. She said Nate Preston deserved a beautiful send-off and that she wanted to honour his memory.
Nate Preston’s cause of death remains a tragic mystery that haunts his family and friends. They are still waiting for answers and closure. They are also hoping that his death will not be in vain and that it will raise awareness about the dangers of going out alone at night and the need for more safety measures in the area. They are also hoping that his death will inspire people to live their lives to the fullest and to cherish their loved ones. They are remembering Nate Preston as a true legend, who touched many lives and left a lasting impression. They are saying goodbye to him with love and respect. Rest in peace, Nate Preston. You are missed.