Mr Daunt's car was found in Wallsend
Year of Birth:
At Time of Disappearance
|Christopher was last seen at Gateshead
on 7 April 2015.
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
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.
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
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:
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
"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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By DAN PROUDMAN
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
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."