Mystery surrounds missing Kingscliff wheelie

By BREE PRICE

MYSTERY surrounds the disappearance of a 36-year-old paraplegic man whose empty car was found at the base of a steep ravine in the Border Ranges National Park at Barkers Vale.

A National Parks and Wildlife officer discovered the Kingscliff resident's white Subaru Outback 4WD on its roof at the base of a 10m ravine off Creegans Road, 60km north-west of Lismore, about 12pm on Tuesday.

Despite the man's wheelchair remaining in the overturned car, police said they had found no trace of him in or around the vehicle.

They said they were assuming he had been driving the car and they were not looking for anyone else.

Police yesterday closed the road and were treating the area where the car went into the ravine as a crime scene.

Duty officer Acting Insp Stephen Parry said police had not yet learned when, how or why the car left the dirt road and why the man was driving in the remote area.

Police and Kyogle State Emergency Service volunteers spent yesterday and Tuesday afternoon scouring the rugged bushland near where the vehicle was found.

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was also called in to help locate the man, but the thick bushland, low lying cloud and tall trees hampered the air search.

Late last night the man had still not been found.

Acting Insp Parry said the man's parents reported him missing on Sunday when he didn't return home after a night out on Saturday.

Police are appealing for anyone who might have any information on the man's whereabouts to contact Lismore Police Station on (02)66231599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.



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