Forensic specialists have arrived in Mount Isa to assist in recovering the body of missing miner Brett Kelly.
Queensland Police believe Kelly, 34, fell down an orepass while he was working at Glencore’s Mt Isa Mines on June 18.
Extensive searches have so far failed to locate Kelly, who is believed to be deceased.
The orepass is located one kilometre underground at the mine’s copper operations, and is believed to contain around 100 000 tonnes of pre-crushed rock, which is sent via conveyors for further crushing and processing.
Mount Isa Police Inspector Trevor Kidd said it is highly likely Kelly’s body is trapped under massive amounts of rock.
Contents of the orepass will be removed and inspected by the specialist forensic team.
“It can be a fairly slow process,” Kidd explained.
The recovery process is set to begin on Monday.
After shutting down for over four days, limited production at the underground copper mine has recommenced.
The area where Kelly was last seen, the Enterprise Mine, has been barricaded off.
A formal investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding Kelly’s disappearance.