Police have located the motorcycle belonging to missing person Michael Hamlyn. Michael was reported missing on Monday the 11th July 2016 and was last seen in the Launceston area the day before by his house mate.
A trail bike rider located Mr Hamyln’s motorcycle this morning at about 10:15am whilst riding in the Fingal area, and notified police. Police attended and searched the area. A person was found deceased within a close vicinity of the motorcycle. The person has not yet been formally identified.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
Tasmania Police is highlighting five missing person cases as part of National Missing Persons Week 2016 which launches today (1 August).
Two recent and three long-term missing person cases are being highlighted this week.
Angela Jeffrey, aged 53, was last seen at her home in South Road, Penguin at approximately 2pm on Wednesday 1 June 2016 and her vehicle was located in the State Forest off Browns Creek Road, Bakers Beach, on 3 June.
Michael Hamlyn, aged 20, also known as Miguel Williams, was last seen leaving his Mowbray residence on a black Suzuki motorbike on 10 July, 2016.
Nicola Sallese, aged 69, was last seen driving his silver Toyota Camry on Main St, Sheffield on 17 November, 2008. He was suffering dementia and known to frequent Sheffield and Devonport but may have been driving to Launceston or Hobart on that day. His vehicle has never been located.
Christopher Watkins, aged 28, was last seen at a unit in Box St, Mayfield on the evening of 7 August, 2013. Police suspect he was murdered and there is a $50,000 reward for information leading to a prosecution.
Zedric Woolley, aged 81, was last seen in Huonville on 8 April, 2012. His blue 2011 Hyundai hatchback was found several days later on a bush track between Lightwood Creek Rd and Watsons Rd.
Tasmania Police Missing Persons Coordinator, Senior Constable Beth Schiwy said:
“Around 125 people are reported missing each year in Tasmania.
“Thankfully nearly all those who are reported missing are located. Most of them are located within 48 hours.
“Missing person cases are never closed and any new information is always investigated.
“When someone goes missing many people are affected: family, friends, colleagues and communities. Not knowing what happened to someone can be devastating for them,” she said.
There are 156 long-term missing people in Tasmania, dating back to 1955.
While many of these have been declared deceased by a Coroner, they are still considered missing.
The key message of National Missing Persons Week 2016 is ‘Missing persons leave frayed edges, Stay Connected’.
The aim is to highlight the importance of staying connected with family and friends and enhancing the support networks of those most at risk of going missing.
Police define a missing person as anyone who is reported missing to police, whose whereabouts are unknown, and where there are fears for the safety or welfare of that person.