The search for missing Moonah man Elson Kiddle continues

Written by on November 12, 2018

70 year old Elson has been missing from his Moonah home since 11 AM on Friday, when he left to play golf. His wife reported him missing at 3 PM on Friday.

Tasmania Police located Mr Kiddle’s Toyota Hilux ute in bushland in Lenah valley on Monday morning, nearly two days after he was last seen.
Mr Kiddle is known to bushwalk in this area.

State Emergency Service personnel, police, as well as family and friends of the 70-year-old father of four, searched for him in bush area backing onto Mt Wellington and are appealing for the public’s help.

Initial searches have been unsuccessful in locating Mr Kiddle, so efforts are being increased on the ground and in the air, with Tasmania Police activating the Westpac rescue helicopter, along with police on quads and motorbikes.

Tasmania Police and the State Emergency Service have set up an incident control centre in Lumeah Avenue.

Monday’s search covered four square kilometres of bushland in an area police described as “treacherous terrain”.

Police searched for Mr Kiddle at Taroona beach by helicopter over the weekend.

The search area tomorrow will be broadened and personnel will conduct line searches.

The ground search for Mr Kiddle will continue at 9am tomorrow and efforts will again be concentrated on the Lenah Valley bushland area at the foothills of kunanyi/Mount Wellington. Tasmania Police recruits will join tomorrow’s search.

Acting Inspector George said “Over the course of the weekend Police have conducted significant inquiries to try to locate Mr Kiddle but they have been unsuccessful.

We don’t know the circumstances as to what’s unfolded on Friday and that will form part of our investigation. There’s nothing suspicious that we’ve identified at this point in time.

This is a search and rescue operation. We will continue this search until the point at which we locate Mr Kiddle.”

Elson was described by family as being around 170cm tall, slim build with white hair and green eyes, with a tanned complexion.

Anyone who knows the current whereabouts of Elson or his vehicle is asked to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperstas.com.au.

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