No trace of missing man
POLICE are continuing their ground search for Kevin Kirk, the 70-year-old man who has been missing from Brunswick Heads for more than a week, but mystery still surrounds his disappearance.
Byron Bay duty officer, Inspector Owen King, said police had yesterday chased up reports of possible sightings, but they had all come to nothing.
Mr Kirk was last seen walking a tan Staffordshire terrier-cross dog in the Ferry Reserve Caravan Park at 9.30am on Monday, January 18.
The dog was found by a member of the public last Friday near Divine’s Hill in Ocean Shores, but it was not wearing a distinctive pink leash used by Mr Kirk.
After the dog’s discovery an extensive search of Brunswick Heads, Ocean Shores and surrounding areas was carried out by police, emergency services, local surf life saving clubs, and the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter, but it failed to find any trace of the missing man.
Mr Kirk has been living at various Brunswick Head addresses for at least five years.
His current home is a flat at 1/17 Booyun Street, which he moved into in mid-December.
Zara Kellie, the property management agent at LJ Hooker Brunswick Heads, who found the accommodation for Mr Kirk, said he was ‘a really sweet guy, really nice’.
“Everyone knows him and everyone likes him,” she said. “It’s very sad that he has gone missing.”
Earlier reports stated that Mr Kirk had a ‘serious illness’, but those who dealt with him on a regular basis, including Ms Kellie, and staff at the nearby supermarket and the Companion Animals Welfare (CAWI) Op Shop, said he was quiet, but had all his faculties.
“He was elderly, but he was fit,” CAWI Op Shop manager, Margaret Brown, said.
“He was a great walker.
“He didn’t have a car and he walked everywhere.”
Ms Brown said Mr Kirk seemed to have a great love of animals and had walked dogs for other people for many years.
Mr Kirk was a familiar sight around Brunswick Heads, but he seems to have maintained a low profile.
Many people, including neighbours and a nearby shopkeeper, said they knew very little about him.
It is understood Mr Kirk has a son, but details of his where-abouts are not available.
Any person with information regarding Mr Kirk should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Byron Bay police on 6685 9499.