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Eight days in and search parties continue to search bush for Mullum man Gage Wilson

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Gage went missing on from the Mullumbimby area at 8am Saturday, 18 May. 31 year old Gage had left his Home in Hakea Court, Mullumbimby around 5am, and was later seen in the Mullumbimby area around 8am that morning.

Crash site of white ute near Teals Lookout on Koonyum Range Road. Photo supplied

Family and friends hold grave concerns for his wellbeing after his partners white ute was found crashed near Teals Lookout on Koonyum Range Road shortly after. It is believed that Gage may have been driving the car and might be in the surrounding bushland.

Search parties continue

‘Dad has been out out searching daily,’ Gage’s sister Niki told The Echo.

‘He has also had a lot of friends out there searching as well.’

‘The police and SES have stopped their search and I am yet to find out if they will resume  the search and if so on what day, time and whereabouts.’

Gage is of caucasian appearance, approximately 183cm tall and of a medium build. He has blue eyes, short brown hair, large tattoos on both legs and small tattoos on the inside of both arms. He was last seen wearing a purple jumper and black shorts.

Areas searched so far:

Boogeram Falls and Cave, the Base of Boogeram Falls, the ‘Lookout Track’ lookout and neighbouring property buildings, Teales Lookout, the old camp site on the left just before you enter National Park, the caves below the old campsite, I think the police and SES searched a 500m radius around the crash site, Koonyum Lake, Minyon Falls, the bottom of the cliff line that stretches along just south of the crash site, and the Palmwoods banana shacks. The GPS map of area above crash site was searched by Hiking Club

Through 1028 Wilsons Creek Road to Koonyum Range via the old firetrail, the old banana track that connects the Left Bank Road to the Koonyum dam and the whole road from the crash site back to the start of Koonyum Range Road as well as the small bush track that goes around the back of the lookout. 1028 Wilsons Creek Road waterfall, creek and as much of the property as we could practically look at (it’s 450 acres so it’s hard to look everywhere). 

‘I have also been in contact with the team that organises the dingo rescue and search, organised the thermal drones, and am organising a team of people to map out where they have searched and ideas of where to look next,’ said Niki. 

Nikki and her family have set up a ‘Help Find Gage Wilson’ page on Facebook where you can find out what is happening in relation to searches being organised. 

Fundraising

Niki has now started a Gofundme page to raise money towards the costs of posters, the drone and dingo searchers. You can contribute here.

Anyone with information about this incident 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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