Body located in search for man missing from Hunter region

Thursday, 18 May 2023 12:02:09 PM

A body has been located during the search for a man missing from the state’s Hunter region.

The 42-year-old man was last seen driving on Great North Road, Laguna, on Thursday 13 April 2023, after it is believed his vehicle broke down on his way home.

When he could not be located or contacted, officers attached to Hunter Valley Police District were notified and commenced inquiries into his whereabouts.

As part of inquiries, officers with assistance from specialist police resources and the NSW State Emergency Service (SES), conducted a search operation in the Laguna area where they located a body on Tuesday (16 May 2023).

A post mortem examination will be conducted to confirm the identity of the person and the cause of death.

Detectives from State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad and Missing Persons Registry, assisted by Hunter Valley police, established Strike Force Blakely to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.

Inquiries continue.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators 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.