FRIENDS of missing Byron Bay man John ‘Jack’ Garda are deeply concerned for his welfare and are pleading for anyone with information to come forward.
Mr Garda, also known as Kashava, was last seen in Byron Bay on the afternoon of Monday, February 8 and friends said his absence was completely out of character.
Police launched an appeal yesterday seeking public assistance to locate him.
The popular 52-year-old businessman is a long-time resident of the Byron Shire.
Mr Garda owns and operates the Byron Bay Newsroom at Sunrise Beach shopping centre and the 24/7 grocery store in Johnson Street, Byron Bay, where he often worked late.
He used to own Katoush, the popular Middle Eastern takeaway in the Plaza near Woolworths in Byron Bay.
Mr Garda is well known and much loved by many people in the area.
Friends say he loved acting and was involved with the film school and was also a supporter of men’s groups.
He has an elderly mother who he always called regularly and who hasn’t heard from her son now for nine days.
One distraught friend described him as ‘a lovely human; a friendly, sweet natured man who was constantly concerned for others’.
Another said he simply wouldn’t let his mother and friends worry like this and a third described him as a gorgeous man who would bend over backwards to help people.
He is described as being of white/European appearance, medium build, 170 to 175cm tall, balding, grey hair, brown eyes and with a fair complexion.
Police are keen to talk to anyone who may have seen Mr Garda recently, particularly on the Monday he disappeared.
They have asked anyone with information that may assist police with their investigation to contact them on 6685 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.