A successful KPMG partner, David Ibels, was found dead in a national park near Brisbane. The 43-year-old was last seen in the Mount Tamborine area in the early hours of Saturday morning. His abandoned Porsche Cayenne station wagon led to a thorough search of the area, eventually leading to the discovery of his body on Sunday.
In a grim coincidence, the search party also stumbled upon the body of 75-year-old William Marshall, who had been reported missing from his home in Brisbane's outer suburbs on July 10. The two men did not know each other, and the police do not suspect foul play in either case.
David Ibels led a seemingly charmed life. He was married to a successful barrister and they had a young daughter. The couple lived in a luxurious $3.6 million home in Brisbane's inner suburbs. Mr. Ibels was highly regarded at KPMG and his sudden death shocked many of his colleagues.
David Ibels had a distinguished career, starting as a managing consultant at Capgemini Invent. He later became a director at Barclays Wealth in London before joining KPMG in 2011. In recent years, he played a pivotal role in the development of KPMG Australia's state-of-the-art Brisbane headquarters.
The loss of David Ibels has deeply affected his colleagues, friends, and the broader business community. Andrew Yates, CEO of KPMG Australia, described Ibels as an extraordinary individual with a strong focus on people. Friends and colleagues have expressed their sadness and offered support to anyone struggling with their mental health.
The circumstances surrounding David Ibels' death remain unclear, and reports are being prepared for the coroner. His family had expressed concern for his welfare as his disappearance was completely out of character. The tragic incident serves as a reminder to reach out for support when facing difficult times.