Vanished man found alive after 5 years in Australia

An American tourist who vanished from northern Australia five years ago, with his kayak found submerged near a beach, has been discovered alive by police investigating a burglary.

The man, named in the media as Kenneth Rodman, was last seen by a friend in 2010 near Port Douglas, 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of popular tourist town Cairns, as he was heading to a beach.

“Friends, family, and police were unable to make contact with him since 2010,” Queensland state police said in a statement late Monday.

“The matter was never closed as a missing person case, but inquiries led police to believe he was avoiding contact with authorities to stay in Australia, despite his visa expiring,” Inspector Glenn Horan added.

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