• Hannah Phillips

Search to be Conducted for Missing Man Near Kimba

A large-scale search will be conducted near Kimba, on Eyre Peninsula on Wednesday (30 May) as fears grow for the welfare of an Adelaide man last seen on 23 April.

Scott Redman is believed to have been an occupant of a vehicle involved in a brief police pursuit on Saturday 21 April.

After police terminated the pursuit it is believed the vehicle turned off the Eyre Highway onto a dirt road.

Two days later, on 23 April, the other occupant of the car was arrested in Whyalla after he hitchhiked from Middleback Range, with the black SUV found abandoned on 25 April at Secret Rocks, about 40km east of Kimba.

The associate formally reported Mr Redman missing on 24 April.

Since that time police have been actively investigating Mr Redman’s movements and whereabouts.

The extensive inquiry has included repeated searches of the area the vehicle was located, along with interviews and canvasses of motorists and truck drivers in a bid to determine the whereabouts of Mr Redman.

“At this time we still have no clear information as to his location,” said Inspector Mark Hubbard, from the Eyre Western Local Service Area.

“It appears he told some friends and family he intended to travel to Western Australia, but we have found no confirmation that he has done so.”

He said that while police were keeping an open mind about the matter, there was growing concern about Mr Redman’s welfare.

“We have conducted extensive inquiries in a bid to locate Mr Redman – including public appeals, direct contact with the trucking industry in case a driver picked up a hitchhiker, two physical searches of the area where the vehicle was found along with an aerial search by the police helicopter and door-knocking farming properties in the area.”

Wednesday’s search of the Secret Rocks area, about 78km west of Whyalla on the old Kimba-to-Whyalla road, will involve local police assisted by the STAR Group, mounted officers and SES and CFS volunteers.

“During this investigation we have consulted with experienced officers from both the SA Police Major Crime Investigation Branch and the STAR Group,” said Inspector Hubbard

“We continue to hope for the best, and ask that Mr Redman – or anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts - make contact with authorities.

“While Mr Redman was being sought by police prior to his disappearance, our overwhelming concern at this time is with regard to his welfare.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au – you can remain anonymous.

Mr Redman (pictured) is about 178cm tall, with a slim build, blonde hair, blue eyes and tattoos on his arms.

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