Emergency services search for missing hiker

POLICE and emergency services are currently searching dense bushland in vicinity of Diehard, about 50km east of Glen Innes, for a man believed to have gone missing during a bushwalk.

The man, aged 72, was last seen about 11am on Saturday after leaving a fellow member of his bushwalking party to walk back to his vehicle.

Concerned fellow bushwalkers reported him missing when he had not returned to their staging point near Tommy's Rock Lookout by 3pm Saturday.

Police from New England Local Area Command, local State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and the helicopter Lifesaver 4 started a search of the area until sunset, but were unable to locate him.

Yesterday morning, additional police searchers, assisted by the Rural Fire Service (RFS), NSW Ambulance Paramedics and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers resumed the search.



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