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Police say a man in his seventies missing from a Lismore evacuation centre has been found safe and well.

‘Following inquiries, the man was located safe and well on Union Street, South Lismore, about 11.45am today,’ Richmond Police District police reported earlier this afternoon.

‘Police thank the public and media for their assistance,’ the statement read.

Lismore-based The Koori Mail shared a photo of the man in question, Gary Taylor, on social media this morning after police had shared the missing person report without a photo.

Mr Taylor checked into the Southern Cross University evacuation centre last Monday, 28 February, and presumably lost his belongings, including photos, in Lismore’s devasting flood.

But The Koori Mail, a First Nations news publication, said Mr Taylor was Indigenous and they were able to share a photo.

EARLIER UPDATE: The Koori Mail has shared a photo of missing man Gary Taylor in a social media post.

The Koori Mail says Mr Taylor checked into the Southern Cross University evacuation centre last Monday, 28 February, but hasn’t been seen since.

The Lismore-based First Nations news outlet also provided local non-police contact numbers for anyone with information about Mr Taylor’s whereabouts.

Jamie Taylor could be reached on 0447 024 422 and Steffi Davis could be contacted on 0424 016 927.


Police say a man in his seventies has gone missing from a Lismore evacuation centre.

Officers on Wednesday morning said 76-year-old Gary Taylor hadn’t been seen about 5pm on Monday 28 February at an evacuation centre in Lismore but didn’t specify which one.

Mr Taylor’s disappearance was out of character, police said, and they were concerned for his welfare.

There was no photo available of Mr Taylor, who police said was about 170cm to 180cm tall, with a medium build, an olive complexion and grey hair.

He is missing his index finger on his left hand and some front top teeth, police said.

Anyone with information about Mr Taylor’s whereabouts can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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