Temperatures in the area he was last seen have been hitting around 40c/105f lately


https://www.facebook.com/julia.varanelli.3 - his sister has been posting a lot about him

THE family of a Sunshine Coast father of one who vanished without a trace have been desperately combing central Queensland looking for him after police called off the official search.

Aaron Flynn, 29, of Caloundra was last heard from on Friday, November 11, when he sent his two-year-old daughter a text goodnight as he made his way to Charters Towers for a family funeral.

He was spotted the next day walking along the road from Rubyvale with a jerry can in his hand.

But despite an extensive police, SES and community search, he?s not been seen.

Police called off the search, saying expert advice was Mr Flynn could not have survived that long in the bush with little water and temperatures topping 40C.

But Mr Flynn?s sister Renee Napthali and other family members hired a helicopter to continue the search. Today they were searching between Charters Towers, Capell, Rubyvale and further east, and drove from town to town putting up missing posters and appealing for information to find the missing dad.

Inspector Dave Peff today appealed for anyone with information to come forward, and said officers were continuing an ?electronic? search for Mr Flynn including bank accounts and other movements, though the search-and-rescue mission had ended.

He said police hoped Mr Flynn had been picked up by someone as he walked along the road away from his car, a Volvo, found on November 18.

?The reason we stopped that search was based on survivability,? Insp Peff said.

?A person leaving that position on foot, given the heat and the amount of water, it?s believed from expert advice it wasn?t survivable.?

He said Mr Flynn was last seen walking along the road beyond Rubyvale carrying a jerry can on November 12.

Mrs Napthali said the family had been upset when the official search was called off, but a day scouring the arid country from the air had failed to find even a trace of her brother.

She said they were clinging to hope her brother, who had lived in the area in the past, had been picked up along the road and was not in the bush.

?We are confident he is not out there ? it?s such a vast land,? Mrs Napthali said.

?We?ve got to hope someone?s picked him up and given him a lift.?

Mrs Napthali said the family had hired a helicopter and checked all along the roads and waterholes yesterday.

?We got down low, went around all the waterholes and checked all those for footprints,? she said.

?We?ve done really detailed searches.

?There?s just no traces.?

Mrs Napthali said her brother had recently separated from his partner but ?there?s no way he would leave his little girl?.

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online, or contact the family through Facebook.


Gives you an idea of the terrain