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Nimbin locals search dense, treacherous bushland for missing dad

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Residents living near Blue Knob in Nimbin are anxiously searching for a local father who went missing during a camping trip on the local landmark last week.

Damien Roadley, 38, was last heard from when he made a number of phone calls from the summit on August 1.

It is understood that a bushfire started at the location during Mr Roadley’s camping trip.

He made several calls to his family over the ensuing hours updating them on his struggles to escape the fire but he has not been heard from since the night of August 1.

An initial police search revealed no trace of the man, leading to concerns that he may have perished in the blaze.

However, friends and neighbours say that once the fire was out the man’s body was not found, raising hopes that he may have escaped and could now be lost in dense bushland.

‘We are still searching for Damien,’ Mr Roadley’s brother, Kim Roadley said.

‘It’s rugged terrain and so the safety of those searching is concern, as well as Damien’s safety obviously.’

Police conducted an initial search effort involving ground crews with a  fly over with a rescue helicopter on Saturday August 4.

It is understood SES and police rescue have also absailed parts of the western cliff.
However, in an email to The Echo a number of Mr Roadley’s friends claimed that police had not conducted an organised, thorough search of the area and were ‘baffled’ as to why more wasn’t being done.

‘We concede that, yes, the terrain is treacherous in places but it is by no means impenetrable, as groups of self-organised locals have been scouring the area for days with intermittent signs of the authorities,’ Mr Roadley’s friends said in the email.

‘It is believed that the authority’s are of the opinion the man may have perished although family and friends have not been provided with any proof of this, so until proven as fact, locals, his friends and family all emplore that more be done to ramp up the efforts to find this young man and are very thankful grateful for the community support and the effort they have made to find him,’ they said in the email.

NSW Police have been contacted for a response to this story.

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  1. Well the cops dont mind scouring for days on end the bush for yandi plants, helicopters etc.

    It seems they have priorities….. propping up the hydro dealers and the ICE labs to that of a human life


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