|Name:||Francis Patrick FOLEY|
|Last seen:||December 2008|
|Year of Birth:||1946|
|Circumstances: (insert a brief history)||The Missing Person is a caretaking of a mine claim in the Reward Fossicking area near Rubyvale. The missing person was last seen in about December 2008.|
Police divers are preparing to search dams in the central Queensland gemfields for a man missing for nearly two years, as his case is elevated to a homicide investigation.
Francis Patrick Foley, 64, also known as Frank, was last seen on December 23, 2008, at Emerald and Rubyvale.
The case began as a missing person search, but recently was elevated to a homicide investigation with the involvement of the Crime and Misconduct Commission, a police statement said on Thursday.
Mr Foley was the caretaker of a non-commissioned lease on the Reward designated fossicking land.
Reward is an undeveloped, open bushland area, removed from the main mining activity of the gem fields around Sapphire and Rubyvale and is popular with fossickers and tourists.
Detective Acting Inspector Glen Farmer said it was hoped a weekend search centred on the area would uncover something.
"Detectives are continuing investigations on the gem fields with the assistance of the police dive squad who are expected to begin searching the local dams and waterways from this Saturday," Insp Farmer said in the statement.
"We still hold grave concerns for Mr Foley and belive he has been murdered."
Anyone with information was urged contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or local police on 07 4983 8124
Police say they are calling in divers to search central Queensland waterways for a man believed to have been murdered.
Police say they now believe Francis or "Frank" Foley, 64, who went missing about two years ago, was murdered.
Mr Foley was last seen at Rubyvale, west of Rockhampton on the Central Highlands, in December 2008.
He was the caretaker of a non-commissioned lease of remote fossicking land.
Police say Operation Hotel Tine initially started as a missing person's search but has now been upgraded to a murder investigation.
They say the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) has joined the investigation and will interview key witnesses.
Police say witnesses reported hearing gunshots the night Mr Foley went missing almost two years ago.
Acting Detective Inspector Glen Farmer says police divers will search local dams and waterways from Saturday.
"[Police] had a number of witnesses come forward to say on the eve of the 24th there were shots heard around the area where Frank lived and our scientific tests have confirmed that a weapon was discharged around that area, so obviously we hold grave concerns for his welfare," he said.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.