Dad who watched his wife and two family members die in Dreamworld tragedy is missing feared drowned five years after theme park horror that shocked Australia
- Police have continued search for David Turner after car found near Canberra
- Mr Turner lost his wife and two family members at Dreamworld disaster in 2016
- Friend claimed Mr Turner never recovered from tragedy before disappearance
- Police fear he may have deliberately entered fast-flowing waterway on Thursday
- For confidential support call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on: 13 11 14
A father who lost his wife and two family members during the 2016 Dreamworld disaster has disappeared and is feared to have drowned.
Police searched for David Turner after his car was found abandoned at Uriarra Crossing, 30km west of Canberra, on Thursday.
SES volunteers combed through bushland while police divers joined the search over fears he may have deliberately dived intto a river to take his own life.
A friend claimed Mr Turner was still struggling to cope with the loss of his family five years on from the disaster at the Gold Coast theme park in 2016.
Police have continued their search for David Turner after his car was found abandoned at Uriarra Crossing, 30 kilometres west of Canberra, on Thursday (pictured, David Turner with his partner Kate and their daughter Ebony)
A friend claimed Mr Turner was still struggling to cope with the loss of his family five years on from the Dreamworld disaster, on the Gold Coast, in 2016
His wife Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett, and Mr Dorsett’s partner Roozi Araghi were three of the four people killed on the Thunder River Rapids ride when one of the rafts capsized on the conveyor belt.
Mr Turner’s 12-year-old daughter Ebony was also on the ride but miraculously survived.
The doting father opted out of the ride to mind his baby daughter Evie in the pram.
An inquest investigated the disaster and Mr Turner was eventually awarded a seven-figure payout.
The inquest heard the distraught father rushed to the ride, jumped into the murky water to try and save his wife before he was pulled back by Dreamworld staff.
‘Why didn’t you stop the ride?’ Mr Turner yelled at them.
The family released a statement at the the time saying they held the theme park completely accountable for their loss.
‘We hold Dreamworld totally responsible for this tragic event that could have so easily been avoided,’ the family said.
‘It has throttled our family.’
His wife Kate Goodchild, her brother Luke Dorsett and his partner Roozi Araghi were three of the four people killed on the Thunder River Rapids ride when one of the rafts capsized on the conveyor belt
David Turner carries his partner Kate’s coffin out of St Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra in 2016
Dreamworld owner Ardent Leisure pleaded guilty to breaching workplace health and safety laws. He was fined $3.6 million in September 2020.
Friends claim that Mr Turner was still tormented by the loss of his family and wife before he disappeared outside of Canberra on Thursday.
‘Kate was his soulmate, she was everything to him,’ a friend told Courier Mail.
‘She kept him centred and without that he was just lost.
‘And it’s impossible to know how you would react going through what he went through that day.’
An ACT police spokeswoman said the family had requested privacy while the search continued.
For confidential support call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on: 13 11 14