New call for help to find Iluka man
POLICE have launched National Missing Persons Week by appealing for information to help locate a man who went missing from Iluka last year.
National Missing Persons Week 2015 began today to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons.
Gerardus Bakkenhoven, aged 88 at the time of his disappearance, was last seen at his home on Charles Street at Iluka on Thursday, August 7, 2014.
Mr Bakkenhoven's daily routine included sitting on his balcony every morning, before riding his bicycle from Iluka Township to nearby Woody Head or Shark Bay to go swimming.
However, after he was not seen for a number of consecutive days his neighbours contacted police.
Officers attached to Coffs Clarence Local Area Command launched an investigation into the incident in an effort to locate him.
Local police conducted extensive searches of the local area, including Mr Bakkenhoven's regular bike routes and favourite swimming holes; however, they've failed to find any sign of him.
During a subsequent search of his home, investigators found Mr Bakkenhoven's wallet containing cash, his driver's licence, Medicare card and pension card, on his kitchen bench.
Mr Bakkenhoven's white Suzuki van was found unlocked in the carport and the keys were also found inside his home.
Further inquiries also revealed there have been no financial transactions since he went missing last year.
Investigations into the matter are continuing and police are keen to hear from anyone who can shed light on his disappearance.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mr Bakkenhoven is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.
This year's Missing Persons Week campaign is urging people to 'Follow Your Instincts.'
If you suspect a friend or family member has gone missing, you don't have to wait 24 hours to take action, 'Follow Your Instincts' and report the matter to police immediately.