Relentless in hunt for boy
A DEDICATED team of police officers has been working beyond the normal 38 hour week and through their rest days to find Declan Crouch.
It is now 19 days since Declan disappeared from his family homeat Machans Beach and a further search at Machans Beach on Saturday, in areas that had been too wet to search, failed to find any clues.
Cairns detectives yesterday, with the help of investigators from the State Crime Operations Command, were scouring over every available detail in an effort to reconstruct Declan’s movements the week prior to his disappearance.
‘‘ Police have been very committed to finding Declan and there has been a significant commitment from community services such as SES to police officers,’’ Cairns Police Child Protection officer-in-charge SenSgt Glenn Horan said.
‘‘ Individual officers have been working through their rest days and have been doing extensive hours beyond their normal working day – these officers are so committed to helping find Declan, this is a high priority for our region.
‘‘ On Saturday we finalised searches at Machans Beach and police were out talking to as many people as they could over the weekend in the hope it will refresh people’s memories and someone will come
Declan Crouch forward with fresh information.
‘‘ We thank the public for all their help however, we are now asking the public to cast their minds back to the week prior to Declan’s disappearance on Wednesday, March 9 to see if they remember seeing Declan, particularly in the Machans Beach area.
‘‘ We’d like to hear from anyone who had any interaction with him in the week before he was last seen.
‘‘ If he came into your business, if you passed him walking on the side of the road, saw him on a bus, regardless of how minor it may seem, we’d like to hear from you.’’ The Trinity Bay State High student was last seen getting off a bus at Machans Beach on that Wednesday afternoon and walking through his side gate.
Investigations indicate he went home, changed out of his school uniform and left the house without any personal possessions.
Declan is about 170cm tall with a slim build and collar-length brown hair with a purple colour rinse through it, usually worn over his brown eyes.
He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt with dark basketball shorts and thongs.
Anyone with information which could help police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or log on to crimestoppers. com. au.