Nationwide appeal to find missing Cairns teen
QUEENSLAND police are making a nationwide appeal for help in finding missing Cairns teenager Declan Crouch ( pictured).
Declan, 13, has been missing for two weeks and an intensive police operation – involving land and water searches and a major publicity campaign – has failed to find anysign of him.
Assistant Com-missioner Katarina Caroll told reporters i n Cairns t hat police knew no more about what had happened to the teenager than they did about a fortnight ago.
‘‘ In terms of bona fide, credible, reliable leads, at this stage we don’t have any,’’ she said.
She said the case was a priority for police in Cairns and across the state and it was hoped national media attention would help shed light on Declan’s disappearance.
‘ ‘ We are hoping that through the media that it will extend beyond Cairns and it will go to a national level if it has to,’’ she said.
Ms Carroll said police were particularly interested in information about the hour or so after Declan returned to his Machans Beach home from school, around 3.50pm on March 9.
‘‘ That is an extraordinarily important window for us to focus on,’’ she said.
The family was holding on to hope Declan was OK but the situation was increasingly grave.
‘‘ Obviously for them it is a very difficult time,’’ she said.