Search in­ten­si­fies for miss­ing doc­tor

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - LORETTA LOHBERGER

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.

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