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Appeal for information after backpacker viciously beaten

Police have released this comfit of a man they believe is a suspect in a bashing on the Burnett Traffic Bridge. Photo Contributed
Police have released this comfit of a man they believe is a suspect in a bashing on the Burnett Traffic Bridge. Photo Contributed Contributed

BUNDABERG Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after an English backpacker was bashed on the Burnett Traffic Bridge.

Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said the 21-year-old man was crossing the bridge between 1am-2am Saturday when he was assaulted.

The traveller sustained a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain and was flown to a Brisbane hospital.

A suspect has been identified as a man, aged 25-30 years old with brown hair and proportionate build.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Police on 4153 9111.

Backpacker tragedy on the Burnett Traffic Bridge

Twelve years ago, an English backpacker, Caroline Stuttle, was thrown to her death from the Burnett Traffic Bridge.

Police arrested Ian Douglas Previte for the 19-year-old's murder, which they described as a robbery gone wrong. 

The teenage adventurer had been talking to a friend on her mobile phone just moments before she was believed to have been thrown off the bridge on April 10, 2002.

Residents of North Bundaberg's Perry St reported "blood-curdling" screams between 9.15-9.30pm.

Police were approached by the girl's friend at 10.10pm after Ms Stuttle failed to meet back up with her after walking into town from the Riverdale Caravan Park to use a pay phone.

A police search for the backpacker found her body at 11.45pm.

Her missing handbag was found in a Mt Perry Rd cane field on October 30, 2002.

Numerous tributes have been held for the young woman since her death, both locally and in her native England.

Murdered backpacker Caroline Stuttle.
Murdered backpacker Caroline Stuttle.

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