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AustraliaYoung campers found dead in their 4WD

07:35  13 september  2019
07:35  13 september  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Young campers found dead in their 4WD© Facebook Shannon Lowden, 21, from Lilydale. The search for two missing campers from Melbourne's eastern suburbs has ended in tragedy, with the pair found dead on a remote track inside their 4WD.

Caleb Forbes, 22, and Shannon Lowden, 21, were found deceased in the vehicle on Trig East track, east of Thomson Dam about 11am, according to a police spokeswoman.

They had set off on a trip in Victoria's west Gippsland area on Friday, September 6.

The alarm was raised when Mr Forbes, from Kilsyth, failed to show up for work at Lowe Electrical as scheduled on Sunday and then on Monday.

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More than 100 people, including family and friends, had joined the search efforts in Baw Baw National Park for the pair who had not been seen for a week.

Police will investigate the circumstances and prepare a report for the Coroner.

Earlier, the families of the pair were visibly upset before they set out to look this morning.

Young campers found dead in their 4WD© Facebook Caleb Forbes, 22, from Kilsyth.

"They are justifiably concerned," Inspector Shane Cashman said.

"They are missing their family dearly. They really want them to come home."

Police believe Mr Forbes' green 1994 Nissan Patrol wagon may have become bogged or snowed in, or was inoperable due to a mechanical fault.

Shane Cashman said yesterday that the couple's disappearance was "totally out-of-character".

"If they are in their car and they've got camping gear that can keep them warm we are hopeful that they will be okay," Insp Cashman told 3AW.

"If they have moved away from their car then that's a concern but if they have stayed with their car, they can access water, they should have some supplies that have almost diminished but the water will keep them going."

A Facebook post published this-morning encouraged anyone with 4WD experience and a capable car to join the search.

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