Police are continuing their appeal for public assistance to help locate a 26-year-old man reported missing from Julatten and believed to be travelling in the Gulf of Carpentaria area.
Reece Kearney was last seen at an address on Highland Drive, Julatten on December 15 and has not been seen by family since.
Police and SES personnel conducted an extensive search over the weekend of bushland in the Georgetown area during which items of clothing belonging to Reece were located.
Police believe it is possible the man may have attempted to hitchhike in the Georgetown area and appeal to any members of the public who may have seen a man hitchhiking in the Georgetown or surrounding areas over the last two months to contact police.
The news comes just weeks after Reece’s father Ron Kearney made a heartfelt plea to help find his missing son,
Police investigations revealed Reece was seen at a Ravenshoe Roadhouse on December 15 riding a black 2012 Bonneyville Triumph motorcycle and then later reports he was seen in Mt Surprise.
Mr Kearney believes Reece was attempting to make his way over to Normanton to see his brother.
However he never made it and his family believe he may have had a crash somewhere along the way.
“We’ve done a search of the area from Georgetown to Croydon by road and now by helicopter as we think he may have had a road accident”, Mr Kearney said.
“There is still a possibility that he’s gone from Normanton to Mount Isa, so I appeal to the people out at the Isa and the three ways in the Northern Territory and Charters Towers, if they see something, please come forward and call crime stoppers or local police.
“We are still hopeful of having a happy ending, we love him very much and we’d like to see him back.
“He’s a good lad, loves his fishing, he’s well liked in the community.”
Both Mr Kearney and police have utilised the services of helicopters to search areas throughout the Tablelands in an effort to locate Reece and his distinctive motorcycle.
Detectives plan to continue searches using available assets in an effort to locate Reece and his motorcycle.
A general public appeal for information has now been extended to service stations, roadhouses, takeaway food outlets, convenience stores, truckies, four-wheel-drive enthusiasts, Grey Nomads and other holiday makers travelling throughout Queensland and NT.
Reece Kearney is a 26-year-old man and is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 180 centimetres tall, with brown hair and a slim build.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444.
Reece has a distinctive tattoo on the inside of his right arm that has the words, “Life Goes On”.