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Renewed appeal to locate long-term missing man - Lake Macquarie PD

Monday, 12 September 2022 09:37:20 AM

Police are renewing an appeal for public assistance as they continue to investigate the disappearance of a man from the Lake Macquarie area.

Aaron Clear, aged 45, was reported missing to officers from Lake Macquarie Police District in February 2021, after family and friends were unable to contact him for an extended period.

Aaron is known by family and friends to live a nomadic lifestyle and was last formally seen by family at Belmont North for a gathering on Christmas Eve 2019 (Tuesday 24 December).

Inquiries so far have established that Aaron was at Belmont in March 2020, however his movements after this time are unknown.

Police and family have concerns for Aaron’s welfare.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 170cm tall, of medium build, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Aaron has been known to frequent the Newcastle, Cessnock, Morisset, and Bonnells Bays areas.

Lake Macquarie Police District Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Scott Parker, said Aaron’s family were deeply worried and concerned about him.

“Aaron is much loved by his family, and they are desperate to know that he is okay.”

“Despite extensive inquiries, including a land search of bushland in Belmont where we were told Aaron liked to camp, we have been unable to locate any trace of him since March 2020.

“It is important to understand that Aaron is not in any trouble. We just want to make sure that he is safe and well. All he needs to do is to contact us or his family,” Detective Chief Inspector Parker said.

Anyone with information about Aaron’s whereabouts is urged to contact 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.