March 29 2008
– A crime investigation unit has taken over from search parties in Victoria to try to solve the disappearance of missing bushwalker Warren Meyer.
Up to 100 people, including police and SES volunteers, failed to find a trace of Canadian-born Mr Meyer who went missing last Sunday in the Yarra Ranges National Park, east of Melbourne.
Senior Detective Stuart Walls of the Alexandra Crime Investigation Unit said today police now had to look at other avenues of inquiry following the exhaustive search which failed to find the 57-year-old Beaumaris man.
“This man was an experienced bushwalker, he had a mobile phone, GPS, he was in good physical condition – his disappearance is baffling,” Sen Det Walls said.
“Warren had no reason to disappear, he had no money with him and he loved his family dearly.
“To not find anything, even his backpack, seems very strange.”
Senior Constable David Fitzgerald, who helped look for Mr Meyer during the week, said it seemed strange that with all the resources police poured into the search they failed to turn up anything.
“We’re not saying he’s been murdered or kidnapped, but that’s the sort of thing we have to start working on,” Sen Constable Fitzgerald said.
“It seems strange he has disappeared – for all intents and purposes he has disappeared off the face of the earth.”
Detectives say they would like to speak to anyone who may have been camping in the Black Spur, Narbethong or Acheron Way area over the Easter break.
They would especially like to talk to a group of about eight men who were in four or five vehicles and who may have given a man aged in his late 30s a lift to the Warburton area.