‘Miss­ing’ man hunt called off

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - AN­DREA FALVO

A SEARCH and res­cue op­er­a­tion to find Ku­randa man Arek Gwozdz has been called off.

Po­lice have rea­son to be­lieve that he is “ac­tively avoid­ing” them.

A search for the 38-year-old started on Mon­day af­ter he was re­ported miss­ing to po­lice af­ter fail­ing to re­turn from a bush­walk with a friend on Novem­ber 12.

A po­lice spokesman said the search and res­cue op­er­a­tion was called off at 2.30pm yes­ter­day.

He said po­lice were now look­ing at a much smaller area where the man is be­lieved to be.

“We think the per­son of in­ter­est might be ac­tively avoid­ing us,” he said.

“We’ve got an area we’re look­ing at and we’ll start at first light today.

“The plan is to scale the search back and to give the per­son the op­por­tu­nity to come out,” the po­lice spokesman said.

“Also the area is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble ... you can hear the road from the area.”

Po­lice and SES vol­un­teers have been search­ing in the Black Moun­tain Rd area.

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