THE mystery of missing campers at Mount Eccles which sparked police fears has been solved without drama.
Macarthur police Senior Constable David Rook came across a deserted campsite last night which he described as being like the infamous ghost ship The Mary Celeste.
"There was a camp site set up with two plates, two knives and two cups, condiments, a table cloth and clothes, but there was no one there. It was really eerie," he said.
"The campsite was about 18 inches under water, it was teeming rain and there was no car and no tent. Initially I was very concerned for the welfare of the missing campers."
Senior Constable Rook said he made inquiries with the only other campers at the site and they hadn't seen the missing people for hours.
"I found them at the top of Mount Eccles at the lookout. It was just too wet and they had gone to higher ground," he said.
"I found the bloke from the Geelong district and he said they were soaked but OK," he said.
"I've never seen anything like the camp site I came across about 8.30pm. Where they were found is about 800 metres from their camp site. I was very relieved. It really was like The Mary Celeste, everything was in place except there was no one there," he said.