Missing Terranora man found dead in Queensland

Peter Tawton
Peter Tawton

UPDATE, 2.07pm Tuesday July 29:

THE man reported missing from a Terranora home on Monday has been found dead in Queensland.

72-year-old  Peter Tawton was found deceased in Gympie on Monday night after being involved in a car crash.

It's believed no other vehicles were involved in the crash. 

The Daily News understands Mr Tawton suffered from dementia. 

Queensland Police will continue to investigate the crash and will be preparing a report for the coroner. 

The last time Mr Tawton was seen alive was on Sunday afternoon, when he visited Eagle Boys in Tweed Heads South.

According to an Eagle Boys employee, Mr Tawton ordered a BBQ Chicken and Bacon Pizza, a 1.25L soft drink and a garlic bread.

"He was a nice man who came in every week to get it," the employee said.



UPDATE, 1.52pm: THE last thing Peter Tawton is known to have done is picked up a pizza at Tweed Heads South.

That was early Sunday afternoon. No-one has seen or heard from him since.

Police have released more details about the Terranora man and his disappearance, saying he arrived at the South Tweed Eagle Boys in his white Hyundai Getz, with NSW registration BT 74 WC.

Police have confirmed Mr Tawton collected his pizza about 1.30pm, but hasn't been seen or heard from since. They have also updated his age, describing him as 72, not 74 as previously described. 

11.26am: AN ELDERLY man is missing after failing to return home after going to shops in the Tweed Heads region on Sunday.

Tweed Byron police Detective Inspector Brendan Cullen said the 74-year-old was last seen by his partner at about 1.30pm.

"On Sunday the man drove his motor vehicle from his home at Terranora to Eagle Boys pizza at Tweed Heads," he said.

Det Insp Cullen said the man's family contacted police when he failed to return home as it was totally out of character for him.

The man is described as being 183cm tall, of a slight build, with grey hair.

He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue denim shorts, and leather thongs and driving a white Hyundai Getz.

Anyone who has seen the man or his vehicle is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  missing person police

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