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The 66-year-old man was last seen at his Pimpama home about 2.30pm on Wednesday 5 October 2022.

When he could not be located, he was reported missing to the Queensland Police Service (QPS); however, information provided to officers attached to Tweed/Byron Police District indicated that the man may have been in the Doon Doon area – about 40km south-west of Tweed Heads.

A multi-agency search was initiated in the area including local police, Police Rescue, NSW Ambulance paramedics, Rural Fire Service, SES, VRA Rescue NSW, QPS PolAir and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

Found at Byrrill Creek

About 2.15pm today (Sunday, 9 October,), the man was located safe after having fallen down a gully in an area of dense rainforest in Byrrill Creek.

He was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics at the scene for minor injuries and dehydration, before he was airlifted to Lismore Base Hospital as a precaution.

Police would like to thank the community, emergency service volunteers and media for their assistance.

NSW Police are still appealing for public assistance as the search continues to locate a Queensland man, believed to be missing in NSW.

The man aged 66, was last seen at his Pimpama home at about 2.30pm on Wednesday, 5 October.

When he could not be located, he was reported missing to the Queensland Police Service the following day.

Inquiries have revealed the man may have been in the Doon Doon area, 40km south-west of Tweed Heads, and officers from Tweed/Byron Police District have commenced inquiries into his whereabouts.

Concerns for his welfare

Police and family hold serious concerns for his welfare as he lives with dementia and requires daily medication.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 178cm tall, of medium build and has grey hair.

He was last seen wearing a white jumper and black pants.

A coordinated multi-agency land and air search of the Doon Doon and Byrrill Creek areas commenced on Thursday (6, October 2022), which has continued for several days.

Local police have been assisted by the Dog and Mounted unit, Police Rescue, Queensland PolAir, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW State Emergency Service, Volunteer Rescue Association, and the Westpac Helicopter Service.

Anyone with information about this man 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 information via NSW Police social media pages.

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