Do you know what happened to Jack?
By UTE SCHULENBERG
HAVE you seen this man?
He is 71-year-old Urunga resident John Ray Green, also known as Jack, and he has been missing since March, 2003.
This is not, however, 'your normal run-of-the-mill' case of a missing person, according to Detective Senior Constable Grahame Burke, who has spent the past three years trying to find Mr Green.
"No-one has actually reported him missing," Mr Burke said.
"Rather, his car was found in a very isolated place 65 kilometres from Grafton in April, 2003 ? it does not seem as though he disappeared from there of his own freewill.
"Apparently his 1990 Holden Apollo had actually been in the scrub for two weeks before anyone commented.
"It is believed he was an avid goldminer and there are many old gold mines in this area."
The mystery deepened when Mr Burke discovered that Mr Green's supposed birth certificate did not match his name.
"I can trace him back to when he was working with Randwick Council in Sydney between 1977 and 1990, but it appears he had changed his name.
From 1990 he lived in various areas of rural NSW, including Young, Evans Head, Woodburn and finally Urunga.
"We believe he was originally from Western Australia but to date we have been unable to establish his original identity or locate any relatives."
Mr Burke said at the moment the investigation is at a standstill.
"The case can't go before the coroner because I have no ID and I can't find a body, so it can't be confirmed he's deceased.
"At this point we are relying on assistance from the public someone might remember having dealings with him in late 2002.
"Anyone with information, regardless of how inconsequential it may seem, should contact either Grafton Police or Crime Stoppers immediately."
Grafton Police can be contacted on 6642 0222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Calls to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.