Re­lent­less in hunt for boy

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Cait Bester in Cairns

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.

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