Katelyn Taylor
Katelyn Taylor

Katelyn Taylor's drowning ruled as a 'tragic accident'

POLICE have ruled out foul play in the drowning death of Katelyn Taylor.

The 19-year-old's body was found washed up at Marcoola Beach last Sunday at about 5am after she was last seen with a group of friends she met while partying at Mooloolaba.

Police have been investigating possible links between the drowning and a serious single-vehicle crash on David Low Way that occurred shortly afterwards.

Johnny Sullivan, 21, who police say Katelyn had met last Saturday night, is recovering in a Brisbane hospital after having crashed into a parked car about 3am.

Police interviewed Mr Sullivan on Thursday to uncover any clues as to how and why Katelyn went into the surf.

The interview was part of the investigation process.

Criminal investigation branch acting Detective Senior Sergeant Kim Cavell said discussions with the man confirmed the drowning was just a tragic and unfortunate accident.

"It looks like she was unable to save herself from an awful situation in the surf in rough conditions," he said.

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