Search operation underway near Appin for missing man

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from Wollongong.

Ronald Quirk, aged 52, was last seen by a family member leaving a home on Cotterill Avenue, Woonona, in a blue sedan, about 4pm last Thursday (14 March 2019).

Officers from Wollongong Police District were notified the same day and commenced an investigation.

Ronald is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 170cm tall, of a large build, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Following inquiries, about 8.10am yesterday (Tuesday 19 March 2019), the blue sedan was located on a trail at the entrance of the Dharawal National Park by officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

A search of the area involving local police, with assistance from the Dog Unit, PolAir, Police Rescue, officers from Campbelltown Police Area Command and Lake Illawarra Police District, and the State Emergency Service (SES) commenced.

The search was suspended last night, before recommencing at 8.30am today (Wednesday 20 March 2019).

Police and family have concerns for his welfare as he suffers from a medical condition.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area or who may have dashcam vision to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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