NSW police search for missing bushwalker near Putty

Police will co-ordinate a search for a man who went missing while bushwalking in a National Park north of Sydney at the weekend, NSW Police say.

Gary Bucholtz, aged 62, was with three experienced bushwalkers in the Wollemi National Park, about 6km from the Buloul Range Fire Trail.

Police have been told Mr Bucholtz left the group to get water about 2pm on Saturday yesterday without his pack or supplies. When he didn’t return, the trio attempted to find him.

After he could not be located, officers from Hawkesbury Local Area Command were notified about 2pm today.

Police began to search the bushland last night but were forced to suspend the search due to the terrain and poor light.

Concerns are held for Mr Bucholtz’s welfare as he does not have any food or camping equipment with him.

Police will be recommencing the search this morning tomorrow with assistance from PolAir and search and rescue volunteers.

The three bushwalkers remain in the Wollemi National Park and have activated an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) to indicate the last known location of Mr Bucholtz.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact Triple Zero immediately.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers.

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