GRAVE fears are held for the safety of an elderly man who has been missing from Brunswick Heads since Monday.
Kevin Kirk, 70, was last seen walking his dog, a tan-coloured Staffordshire-cross named Cimmi, through the Ferry Reserve Caravan Park about 9.30am.
He has not been seen since.
Mr Kirk, a Brunswick Heads resident, was reported missing to police on Wednesday and patrols of the area, and his regular walking routes, were conducted without success.
Police say the man suffers from a serious illness.
A search resumed yesterday morning.
Tweed-Byron Local Area Command Inspector Shane Diehm said police, with the help of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, Mullumbimby SES and Brunswick Heads Surf Life Saving Club members, yesterday conducted a thorough search of the area surrounding the Riverside Highway and nearby bushland.
He said police were very worried for Mr Kirk’s safety and had no clues about his disappearance.
He thanked volunteer groups who had helped police, and also local residents who had come forward with information.
Mr Kirk was a familiar figure in the area, walking other people’s dogs as well as his own.
He is of European appearance, with a thin, light build, grey hair and about 163cm tall.
Former Byron councillor and Brunswick local Diane Woods said she had often seen him about over the years, walking the dogs, ‘winter, rain, hail or shine’.
Sharon Drew, who works at Brunswick Heads Newsagency, said she saw him frequently, but couldn’t remember the last time she saw him.
“He was elderly, but fit,” she said.
When last seen, Mr Kirk was wearing a T-shirt, shorts and a baseball cap. Police have been told he walks with a limp.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Mr Kirk or Cimmi, or may have sighted them since Monday, is urged to contact Byron Bay police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.