Jeremiah Rivers 'scared for his life' hours before disappearing from Wippo ... trends now

Jeremiah Rivers 'scared for his life' hours before disappearing from Wippo ... trends now
Jeremiah Rivers 'scared for his life' hours before disappearing from Wippo ... trends now

Jeremiah Rivers 'scared for his life' hours before disappearing from Wippo ... trends now

The cousin of a missing Indigenous man claims he phoned him 'scared for his life' just hours before disappearing more than two years ago.

Jeremiah 'Jayo' Rivers, 27, was last seen at a remote campsite at Wippo Creek, near Noccundra in Queensland's south-west, on October 18, 2021.

A five-day inquest in the Coroners Court in Brisbane on Thursday heard Mr River's cousin, Matthew Perris, received a phone call from him where he was 'begging for rescue'.

Mr Perris claims Mr Rivers called him from his brother Joe Joe Kantilla-Gaden's phone through Facebook Messenger.

The 27-year-old said he was 'scared for his life' and 'outnumbered' in the early hours of October 18.

Jeremiah 'Jayo' Rivers (above) was last seen at a campsite in remote south-west Queensland on October 18, 2021

Jeremiah 'Jayo' Rivers (above) was last seen at a campsite in remote south-west Queensland on October 18, 2021

The group - who said they pig hunting in the remote area - claim Mr Rivers went swimming alone in Wippo Creek (pictured, an officer searching the creek)

The group - who said they pig hunting in the remote area - claim Mr Rivers went swimming alone in Wippo Creek (pictured, an officer searching the creek)

Mr Perris claims his cousin had been in a fight with Mr Kantilla-Gaden who'd then turned other members of their camping group against him.

Mr Rivers then 'begged' for Mr Perris to come from the Northern Territory to pick him up. 

'The situation was he wanted to get away from there, he was outnumbered,' Mr Perris said. 

Mr Kantilla-Gaden denied the claims on Monday and his phone records show no history of the call. It is not known whether a Facebook Messenger call would appear in the phone log.

Mr Perris has also been unable to show any history of the call as he since created a new Facebook profile and cannot remember the password to his old account. 

Mr Kantilla-Gaden had organised for he, Mr Rivers and five other men to illegally drive 1,000km to camp in Queensland during the Covid border lockdown.

The rest of the group was made up by the brothers' friend Matthew Moore and four Victorians - Travis Clare, Dylan Thomas, Joel McMaster and Kane Toohey.

The group claims they had travelled to Wippo Creek to go pig hunting and arrived between 7am and 8am on October 18.

Once they arrived at the campsite, they claim Mr Rivers went down to the creek to swim and cool off. 

However, he didn't return and was reported missing around 3pm the following day.

A massive eight-day land and water search including ATVs, planes with monitors to track heat patterns, a gyrocopter diver and local police officers found no trace of the 27-year-old.

Queensland Police had also released CCTV footage showing Mr Rivers outside a service

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