Police re-appeal to locate missing man - Lake Macquarie

Friday, 11 November 2022 09:01:48 AM

Police are re-appealing for public assistance as a multi-agency search for an elderly man missing from the Lake Macquarie area continues.

John Davidson, aged 72, was last seen at a home on Tennent Road, Mount Hutton, about 10:15am on Tuesday (8 November 2022).

When he could not be located, officers attached to Lake Macquarie Police District were notified and commenced inquiries into his whereabouts.

A multi-agency search of Mount Hutton, Charlestown, Gateshead and surrounding areas has been underway involving local police, PolAir, Police Rescue, and members of the SES.

John is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, with medium build and grey hair. He may be wearing jeans and white joggers.

Lake Macquarie Police District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Scott Parker, urged everyone in the local community to look out for John.

“Police and other specialist resources continue to extensively canvass residential areas and surrounding bushland in the hope of finding Mr Davidson,” Det Chief Insp Parker said.

“He is known to frequent the Windale, Mount Hutton, Bennetts Green, Warners Bay, Gateshead, and Jewells areas, and we ask people in these locations to check their yards and garages where he may seek refuge.

“Police continue to analyse CCTV from local homes and businesses in an attempt to identify his movements.

“John lives with advanced dementia and has in the past walked significant distances, often without consistency, due to his medical condition.

“John’s speech is severely affected, and he can be difficult to understand, however; he is a friendly man who is well known throughout the community and not afraid to approach others,” Det Insp Parker said.

Anyone with information into his whereabouts is urged to contact Lake Macquarie police, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.