Missing Persons Week – Appeal into suspicious disappearance of Trent McKechnie

Police are renewing their appeal for information, as part of Missing Persons Week, into the suspicious disappearance of Western Sydney man Trent McKechnie in 2020.

Trent McKechnie, aged 28, was last seen leaving his home on Farrell Road, Bass Hill, about 4.30am on Friday 13 March 2020.

His vehicle – a white 2000 model Toyota Hilux ute with registration YEA -548 – was seen on Etonville Parade at Croydon around 7.30pm that day.

Trent’s family members made numerous attempts to contact and locate him to no avail, and he was subsequently reported as missing on Tuesday 24 March 2020.

Since that time, detectives attached to Bankstown Police Area Command have formed Strike Force Crucie to further investigate his disappearance, which is being treated as suspicious.

As inquiries into Mr McKechnie’s disappearance continue, police are renewing their appeal to the community to come forward with any information that may assist detectives with their ongoing investigations.

Missing Persons Registry Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Glen Browne, said police are exploring several lines of inquiry as part of their investigations.

“Trent’s phone was left at his home on the day he went missing and his bank accounts have not been accessed since that time,” Det Ch Insp Browne said.

“His vehicle has never been recovered and there are several other aspects of his disappearance that have led us to believe it may be the result of suspicious circumstances.

“Trent was a big supporter of the Western Sydney Wanderers and had a large group of friends within that community around the time he disappeared.

“We believe some of those associates might know something – however small – about the circumstances of his disappearance and ask they come forward and speak with police,” Det Ch Insp Browne said.

Mr McKechnie is described as being Caucasian in appearance, about 175cm tall with a thin build, short brown hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen driving in his Toyota utility, wearing grey track pants and a white jumper.

Missing Persons Week is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons and runs between Sunday 31 July and Saturday 6 August 2022.

If you have been reported as missing it means that someone is concerned about your safety and welfare. It is not a crime to go missing. You should attend the nearest police station with identification so that Police can ascertain that you are safe and well.

For more information on the campaign visit www.missingpersons.gov.au

As inquiries continue, police are appealing for anyone with information about Mr McKechnie’s whereabouts 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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