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Elderly men missing

Thursday, 14th March, 2013

By Kurtis J Eichler

Police hold grave concerns for the welfare of two elderly local men who are missing after going on a day trip outback.

Raymond 'Gus' Davis, 81, and his mate William 'Brian' Coles, 78, left home about 9am on Tuesday in a white 1993 Holden Jackaroo fourwheel
drive.

They were heading to Corona Station, 74km north of Broken Hill, for the day.

People from the station last night said they had found no trace of the pair despite searching the area.

Police were also scoured the area for the men and a plane was dispatched late in the afternoon to help with the search.

Sergeant Greg McMahon said the country they were travelling to was rough and that fears were held for their safety.

"Obviously, because of their age - one's 78 and one's 81 - and I understand that at least one of them is on medication and they're both blokes that don't get around easily.

"They are known to get around in gopher carts, so of course we hold fears for their safety."

Mr Davis' wife of 56 years, Valerie, told the BDT her husband took only his lunch and a walking frame with him.

"The other fellow, he was organising the trip, so he said 'just bring yourself '," Mrs Davis said.

"I didn't report them (Tuesday) night because I thought they might turn up so I didn't worry."

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the men is urged to call the Broken Hill Police Station on 8087 0299.

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