The parents of missing Tasmanian backpacker Rye Hunt are treating a police report he has been found with caution.
Hunt hasn’t been seen since July 21, after it was reported he and his travelling partner had parted ways following an argument at Brazil’s Galeao International Airport.
This supplied photo was the last official sighting of Hunt before he got into a taxi at the airport, after agreeing to “cool off” and meet his friend again 30 minutes later:
This morning, in a video posted on YouTube by Brazilian Police, spokeswoman Elen Souta said they believed they had found the 25-year-old Hunt on Cotonduba Island but were yet to confirm his identity.
They said they believed Hunt swam to the island after taking drugs at a party and suffering a psychotic episode.
“Him and his friend, they started to think that people were chasing them and they were thrown out of the party,” Souta said.
Ms Souta said Hunt was “injured by sea creatures” while swimming to the island, and was found “begging for water”.
He identified himself as Australian, but was yet to have “returned to his full mental state”.
Souto said police believed Hunt inhaled the drug MDMA, instead of diluting it with water, before going to a party.
He again inhaled more of the drug, “using it in an inadequate way and mixed it with vodka”.
Here’s the full police report:
“We have no confirmation of this,” Hunt’s parent told Fairfax Media.
“We are hopeful but understandably cautious of these reports. This information has not come via our official channels.
“We await news from Australian authorities.”
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