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A police search for 76-year-old Nimbin man John Barrett, who has been missing from Clarrie Hall Dam since Thursday, is to be scaled back and police divers have been withdrawn.

Despite a Westpac Helicopter search on Saturday, a police and SES hunt over the weekend and the police divers searching the dam on Monday, the missing man’s body has not been found.

Police located Mr Barrett’s canoe and some equipment on Monday and divers concentrated their search in an area of weed near where it was discovered but found nothing further.

Mr Barrett, who regularly went on kayaking, fishing and camping trips to the dam, was not missed by his family until he failed to return home on Friday.


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