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Concern escalates for missing Lake Macquarie man John Davidson


Concern for missing Lake Macquarie man John Davidson has escalated with police re-launching their appeal for public assistance.

A multi-agency search is now operating throughout Mount Hutton, Charlestown, Gateshead and surrounding areas involving local officers, PolAir, Police Rescue and members of the NSW SES.

The 72-year-old was last seen at a home on Tennent Road, Mount Hutton, about 10.15am on Tuesday 8 November.

When he could not be located, officers attached to Lake Macquarie Police District were notified.

They began inquiries into his whereabouts.

However, that’s produced little result so far, raising fears for his safety.

Lake Macquarie Police District crime manager Detective Inspector Scott Parker urged everyone in the local community to look out for Mr Davidson.

“Police and other specialist resources continue to extensively canvass residential areas and surrounding bushland in the hope of finding John,” he said.

“He is known to frequent the Windale, Mount Hutton, Bennetts Green, Warners Bay, Gateshead and Jewells areas.

“So, 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.

“His speech is severely affected, and he can be difficult to understand.

“But, he is a friendly man who is well-known throughout the community and not afraid to approach others.”

Mr Davidson is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, with medium build and grey hair.

He may be wearing jeans and white joggers.

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

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