Christopher DAUNT


Builder Christopher Daunt disappeared five months ago.Builder Christopher Daunt disappeared five months ago.Builder Christopher Daunt disappeared five months ago.

Builder Christopher Daunt disappeared five months ago.

Mr Daunt's car was found in Wallsend

Name: DAUNT Christopher Sex: Male
Year of Birth: 1988 Age Now: 27

At Time of Disappearance
Age: 27 Height (cm): 185.0 Build: Thin
Hair Colour: Brown Eye Colour: Green Complexion: Fair
Nationality:   Racial Appearance: Caucasian    

Christopher was last seen at Gateshead on 7 April 2015.

Man missing in NSW for three weeks


AUTHORITIES are concerned for the welfare of a 27-year-old man who has gone missing from the Lake Macquarie region.

CHRISTOPHER Daunt was last seen at home in Gateshead by his friend on March 29.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 183cm tall, with green eyes and brown hair.

He is believed to be driving a white 2013 Ford Falcon ute, with registration plates CRQ97C.


Christopher Daunt still missing after five months, police form Strike Force Retractor

IT appeared to be a normal day for Christopher Daunt on March 29.

The 27-year-old builder from Gateshead in the NSW Hunter region was halfway through installing a kitchen at a Lake Macquarie home.

He was respected for his work and his family and friends had nothing but affection for ‘Doonie’.

Then, inexplicably, Mr Daunt vanished without a trace.

It has been five months since the self-employed builder disappeared and his family have not heard from him.His bank accounts have not been touched. His phone remains unused.

Mr Daunt was last seen in the North Lambton area before failing to return home.

Weeks after disappearing his ute was found in Brooks St, Wallsend. There is no reason his family can think of as to why the vehicle was left there.

All of the mystery surrounding Mr Daunt’s disappearance yesterday prompted police to form Strike Force Retractor.

Detectives are continuing to investigate all avenues but foul play continues to emerge as the main line of inquiry.

“Serious concerns are held for his welfare as his disappearance is out of character,” a NSW Police spokesman said.

“Strike force detectives have conducted extensive inquiries and are appealing for public assistance in an attempt to locate him.”

In the meantime, Mr Daunt’s family continues to hope.

The Help us find Chris Daunt Facebook page has almost 2500 followers, with posts urging people to continue the search.

The page also gives an insight into the family’s heartbreak as they search for answers.

July 28 was his mother’s birthday. On July 29 came this: “We really hoped that Chris would have contacted his mum yesterday for her birthday, but unfortunately no contact,” the post read.

“Where ever he may be, he is always in our thoughts and prayers, and we cherish all the special times we had with him over the years.”

Mr Daunt is described as being caucasian, about 180 centimetres tall, of thin build, brown hair and green eyes.

Anyone who may have seen Mr Daunt or believes they know his whereabouts is urged to contact police.


Lake bushland search for missing builder Christopher Daunt:

Newcastle Herald

Police say they are not expecting to find Mr Daunt in Thursday's search for evidence at Killingworth but have not ruled out foul play.

Officers are conducting an extensive air and land search in the area following Strike Force Retractor's public plea for information about the missing Gateshead builder earlier this week.

Lake Macquarie police's Detective Inspector Craig Davis said police were following up on public information with the search, but said officers were not specifically looking for Mr Daunt in the area.

"This is a preliminary search for trying to identify any evidence whatsoever that may assist the investigation into his disappearance," Detective Inspector Davis said.

"We are not physically or actually searching for him today."

Police said they were liasing with Sydney homicide detectives as part of the investigation and had not ruled out foul play.

Mr Daunt's car was found in Wallsend in April, but he was last seen at North Lambton on March 29.

"At this stage the possibility that something sinister has happened to Mr Daunt is one line of inquiry that we are following," Detective Inspector Davis said.

"It's one line of inquiry, but it is a possibility."

Police said ongoing inquiries may lead to further searches, and continue to urge anyone with information to come forward.

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THE investigation into the suspicious disappearance of Gateshead builder Christopher Daunt will turn to a patch of Lake Macquarie bushland on Thursday.

Police have confirmed an air and land search will begin at Killingworth from 10am for evidence that could help detectives discover what happened to the 27-year-old, who mysteriously vanished five months ago.

The search comes only days after Strike Force Retractor investigators made their first public plea for information into Mr Daunt's disappearance.

Senior police have confirmed that the possible murder of Mr Daunt remains one line of the investigation, although they are yet to release any possible motive.

The popular young builder has not been seen since being at a North Lambton address on Sunday, March 29, where he was reported to have left to return to his Gateshead residence but never arrived.

Mr Daunt specialised in installing kitchens, and was halfway through a job in Lake Macquarie when he vanished.

The facts that the reliable tradesman left a job unfinished, his bank accounts had remained untouched and he had failed to contact any family and friends prompted police to describe the disappearance as suspicious.

He was reported missing by family and his utility was discovered abandoned in Wallsend weeks after his disappearance.

The Facebook page, Help us find Chris Daunt, was launched soon after his disappearance.

The posts record the family's heartbreak as they hope Mr Daunt is "happy and some place warm" and share their disappointment that he did not reach out to his mum on Mother's Day.

"Wherever he may be, he is always in our thoughts and prayers, and we cherish all the special times we had with him over the years," the page says. 

"Not knowing is so difficult for us, and all we want is to have him home."