No leads on miss­ing De­clan

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

PO­LICE in far north Queens­land have no leads re­gard­ing the dis­ap­pear­ance of Cairns teenager De­clan Crouch and de­scribe ef­forts to find him as ‘‘ in­creas­ingly grave’’. De­clan, 13, was last seen walk­ing into his front yard at Machans Beach, af­ter school two weeks ago. Po­lice and the boy’s fam­ily had been cling­ing to the hope De­clan had run away and was with friends. De­spite nu­mer­ous un­con­firmed sight­ings, Cairns re­gional crime co­or­di­na­tor De­tec­tive Acting In­spec­tor Ed Kin­bacher said po­lice had all but ruled out that pos­si­bil­ity. ‘‘ We’ve ex­cluded that he was be­ing har­boured by some other kids,’’ he said.

De­clan Crouch

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