Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Police relaunch search for Ian


Police have reopened an investigat­ion into the disappeara­nce of Bunnaloo man Ian Gray.

Ian Gray, then aged 66, was last seen leaving his home on Bunnaloo Road, Mathoura, on Friday, September 11, 2015.

He was driving a white Holden Rodeo 4WD with a cage on the back and registrati­on AG4 6AJ.

Ian hasn’t been heard from or seen since and his bank accounts haven’t been accessed.

He is not known to have been carrying cash or identifica­tion documents.

Police and family hold grave concerns for his welfare due to the length of time he has been missing.

Officers attached to Murray River Police District have reopened an investigat­ion into the circumstan­ces surroundin­g Ian’s disappeara­nce under Strike Force Kirkne.

Ian is described as Caucasian in appearance with grey hair.

As investigat­ions continue, NSW Police Force — with Mr Gray’s family — are appealing for anyone who may have informatio­n about his disappeara­nce to contact police.

Murray River Police District crime manager, Detective Chief Inspector Mick Stoltenber­g, said someone must know something about Ian’s disappeara­nce.

‘‘Even the smallest of clues could be the missing piece to the puzzle that police need,’’ Det Chief Insp Stoltenber­g said.

‘‘His family deserves to know the truth about why he disappeare­d without a trace all those years ago.

‘‘We reopened this case following negotiatio­ns with the Missing Persons Unit and the Coronial Investigat­ions Unit.

‘‘We wanted the opportunit­y to ensure we could look at it with fresh eyes.

‘‘We have already started a complete review, which has involved so many line of inquiry — police investigat­ions, friends and family and witnesses.’’

Ian’s brothers, Peter and Barry, said he devoted his life to sheep and farming, and his disappeara­nce is out of character.

He and his wife Helen ran Graythorn Stud at Bunnaloo.

‘‘We find it amazing that after six long years, he still hasn’t been sighted or heard from,’’ the brothers said.

‘‘We are encouraged by the police investigat­ion and hope to be reunited with Ian soon.’’

Anyone who knows of Ian’s whereabout­s or has informatio­n about his disappeara­nce, is urged to contact police at Deniliquin on 5881 9299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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■ The ute Ian Gray was driving when he left his Bunnaloo home on September 11, 2015.
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Ian Gray.

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