Search intensifies for missing doctor
THE search for a retired northern Tasmanian GP missing since Monday is expected to be scaled up.
Geoffrey Trezise, 85, of Westbury, was reported missing by his family.
Dr Trezise was last seen by his family about 8.15am on Monday and a man who contacted police said he saw Dr Trezise about 1pm that day in Westbury, Sergeant Stuart Greenwood from the Deloraine police station said.
But there had been no confirmed sighting of Dr Trezise or his vehicle — a silver 2001 Alfa Romeo with the registration number C86EE — since then, Sgt Greenwood said.
“It is concerning,” he said. Police searches had so far concentrated on areas identified by Dr Trezise’s family, mostly in the Westbury and Deloraine area.
“We’re most likely going to start scaling up searches of land areas. We’re probably going to look at increasing the number of personnel, potentially SES, to walk those areas in case we’ve missed something,” Sgt Greenwood said.
Dr Trezise, who was a GP in Westbury for almost 30 years before he retired in 2007, was well known and loved in the community, and there was a “great deal of concern” for him.
“We’ve had offers from members of the public to assist in police searches,” he said.
A Tasmania Police Facebook post appealing for information has been shared almost 2000 times since Tuesday.
Former patients and people who know Dr Trezise have also left comments hoping for his safe return home.
“Most wonderful gentle human being. Hope he is found well and soon. Thinking of the family,” Westbury resident Heather Donaldson wrote.
“Best Dr and friend for many years, hope he’s found safe and well. A true gentleman one of a kind,” wrote Betty Dando, also of Westbury.
Dr Trezise’s disappearance was out of character and unexpected, Sgt Greenwood said, and there was nothing to suggest a medical condition could have contributed to his disappearance.
Anyone with information is urged to call 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
CONCERN: Much-loved Westbury GP Geoffrey Trezise has been missing since Monday.