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Police say they are appealing to the public for assistance to locate a missing man.

Michael Watts, aged 42, was last seen leaving a home on Ethan Place Goonellabah, just before 6pm on Thursday (7 October, 2021).

Officers from Richmond Police District were notified after he failed to return and commenced inquiries into his whereabouts.

Michael was last seen on Oliver Avenue and a coordinated search, with the assistance of NSW SES, was conducted of surrounding bushland yesterday (Friday, 8 October ) and continued today.

He is yet to be located and despite having extensive bush survival skills, concerns are held for his welfare.

Michael is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, of medium build, with dark coloured hair and a long beard.

He was last seen wearing black shorts, and a singlet. He was carrying a hessian sling and had no shoes on.

Anyone who sees Michael or has information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Lismore Police or Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


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