News

Letter a clue to missing Swede

Max Castor
Max Castor

A MYSTERIOUS letter written just before Swedish backpacker Max Castor disappeared is the only clue to what may have happened to him.

The 20-year-old was on the trip of a lifetime travelling through Australia with two friends when he went missing in 2005.

“Something strange has happened to me and I don’t know how to cope with it ... I am vanishing ... no tears,” Max wrote in a letter to his brother before posting it home with his belongings and return plane ticket, closing his bank account and disappearing.

In the letter, written in English rather than Swedish, Max said goodbye to his family.

He was last seen at the local store in Wye River, Victoria. He told the shopkeeper he was heading north. There was another possible sighting shortly after in Cowra, NSW.

His father, Ron Castor, speaking from Stockholm, said the years he had spent without his son had been like living with ‘a wet blanket’ thrown over him.

Mr Castor believes Max is still alive and possibly living on the Far North Coast.

“His friends guess he is somewhere in your area,” MrCastor said.

“Max’s friends and fellow travellers said he was attracted to the easygoing lifestyle there. They passed the place during their trip.”

There was also a reported sighting of a Swedish man who looked like Max in a local restaurant.

“He was interested about Sweden, but kept very silent about himself,” Mr Castor said.

Mr Castor continues his search by asking Swedes travelling to Australia to look out for Max.

Over the years more than 100 possible sightings of his son have been reported.

Anyone who has seen Max should contact the National Missing Persons Unit on 1800 000 634 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

His family has posted a $5000 reward for useful information about his disappearance, available through the International Rewards Centre.

For more information visit www.internationalrewardscentre.com.



Higher levee would only make floods worse: Letter

The Button Collective playing along the Bruxner Highway to a family trapped in their house.

John Hayter says Cyclone Debbie wasn't the only one to blame

Clock ticking for flood appeal contributions

Piles of ruined goods and rubbish remain on some streets of Lismore's CBD.

Community generosity lifts total beyond $250,000

Gollan Hotel opens again after flood

The Gollan Hotel one month after the flood in Lismore.

The flood couldn't stop the pub

Local Partners

Paralympian's inspiring Beef Week talk

RESILIENCE and determination were key topics of discussion over morning tea at the Casino Beef Week Ladies High Tea yesterday.


A ballet event of lovers and fairies in Byron Bay

ON STAGE: Byron Ballet's 10th anniversary production will be Shakespeare's A Midnight Summer's Dream.

Byron Ballet celebrates 10 years

Felix Riebl wants to be in your arms

TOURING NOW: Australian musician Felix Riebl is coming to the Northern Rivers in June.

Cat Empire frontman brings out his romantic side in solo show

Joseph's biblical return to Ballina

LEADING ROLE: Award-winning actor Brian Pamphilon as Joseph.

Ballina Players upcoming production

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

JUST WHEN you thought you’d all of Bella Hadid’s supermodel figure — she gets her Cannes out on the red carpet of an AIDS gala dinner in France.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

A ballet event of lovers and fairies in Byron Bay

ON STAGE: Byron Ballet's 10th anniversary production will be Shakespeare's A Midnight Summer's Dream.

Byron Ballet celebrates 10 years

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Wild and unknown from Sara Tindley

SONGS FROM THE HEART: Singer Songwriter Sara Tindley.

Local singer songwriter unveils new album

Felix Riebl wants to be in your arms

TOURING NOW: Australian musician Felix Riebl is coming to the Northern Rivers in June.

Cat Empire frontman brings out his romantic side in solo show

SNEAK PEEK: What new shopping centre is going to look like

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

Here's your chance to carp about feral pests

Carp might by great fun to catch but they're destroying Australia's watercourses.

Science in the Pub looks at carp and coral trees

SNEAK PEEK: What new shopping centre is going to look like

Artist impression of the proposed redevelopment of the cinema and shopping complex on Jonson St, Byron Bay.

Mercato billed as regional NSW's most sustainable shopping complex

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!