Grave concerns are held for the safety of well-known Byron Bay businessman John ‘Jack’ Garda, last seen in the town on the afternoon of Monday, February 8.
Grave concerns are held for the safety of well-known Byron Bay businessman John ‘Jack’ Garda, last seen in the town on the afternoon of Monday, February 8. Police Media unit

Fears mount for missing Byron man

IT IS 10 days since anyone has seen missing Byron Bay businessman John ‘Jack’ Garda, and fears for his safety are increasing.

Staff at his Byron Bay 24/7 convenience store in Jonson Street said they were holding up as well as possible under the circumstances.

Byron Bay police Inspector Owen King said investigations were continuing into his disappearance.

“We’ve received a number of pieces of information from members of the public who are assisting us,” he said.

“At this stage nothing new has come to light and we are still appealing to anyone who has any information, or may have had any contact with Mr Garda in the last couple of weeks, to come forward and speak to detectives at Byron Bay.

“He is a 52-year-old man who is fairly well known within the area.”

Insp King could not say if there were any suspicious circumstances.

“At this stage we haven’t ruled out anything in regard to the inquiries we are following up on,” he said.

“We’re not sure what his movements were in the last few days leading up to his disappearance, but we’re following up on everything at this stage.”

Mr Garda, also known as Kashava, was last seen in Byron Bay on the afternoon of Monday, February 8.

Close friends said his disappearance was completely out of character.

The popular 52-year-old businessman from Federal is a long-time resident of the Byron Shire and also owns and operates the Byron Bay Newsroom at Sunrise Beach shopping centre.

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 have asked anyone with information that may assist with their investigations to contact Byron Bay detectives on 6685 9499, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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