Police, SES volunteers and lifeguards search the rocks and water between Goanna Headland and Chinamans Beach after the discovery of a human foot.
Police, SES volunteers and lifeguards search the rocks and water between Goanna Headland and Chinamans Beach after the discovery of a human foot. Stephen Leahy

Grisly find at Evans Head may be missing biker

POLICE say a partially decomposed human foot, discovered in a cave south of Evans Head on Tuesday evening, could be that of a 27-year old biker who went missing 12 days ago.

Around 6.15pm on Tuesday, a man was walking along the coastline south of Goanna Headland when he entered a sea cave and discovered the foot, police said.

The body part was collected, examined and found to be human.

The missing man, whose name has not been released, set off on a short motorbike ride along Airforce Beach after midnight on January 10.

His family raised the alarm when he had failed to return home by daylight.

 Police found the man’s damaged motorbike submerged among rocks leading to Airforce Beach.
Tyre marks suggested the bike hit the rock formation at high speed and crashed.

 Police said they feared the man suffered serious injuries in the crash, and was swept out to sea by a king tide.

Members of the Evans Head community have also been looking for the man – both through snorkelling and combing the coast – since he disappeared.

Yesterday around 10 police and SES officers conducted a search along the water line, examining rock pools and crevices.

Lifeguards also took part in a sea search yesterday morning.

Northern NSW Lifeguard co-ordinator Stephen Leahy said lifeguards searched the coast south of Evans Head.

“Two rubber ducky crews were sent to the area in the morning and spent a couple of hours looking, but nothing was located,” he said.

“At this stage we’ve not been asked to take part in any further searches.”

The foot will undergo forensic testing at Lismore Base Hospital.The missing man is described as white/European in appearance, 178cm tall, with a medium build and very short, sandy-coloured hair.

 He was last seen wearing a chequered black and grey shirt, denim jeans and shoes.

 Anyone with information about the matter is urged to contact Evans Head Police on 66824202 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police have ruled out the possibility of a human bone found at Evans Head six days ago belonging to the biker.

“That bone was an old one and has been sent to Sydney for further testing,” Richmond Local Area Command crime manager, Inspector Steven Clarke, said.


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