John Thomas NORRISH
POLICE say they have followed up every reported sighting as the search continues to locate missing St Helens man John Thomas Norrish.
The last confirmed sighting of the 52-year-old was on Wednesday, November 28, on Quayle St in St Helens — one day after he was first reported missing.Acting Inspector Ben Kromkamp said police had put a significant amount of resources into trying to locate Mr Norrish.
“We’re continuing to speak with people he knows in and around the St Helens area,” he said.
“There have been numerous reports of possible sightings from across the state and each of these have been followed up and will continue to be followed up until Mr Norrish is located.”
Insp Kromkamp said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Norrish’s disappearance.
“It’s not out of character for Mr Norrish to not have contact with members of the community for several days,” he said.
Mr Norrish is described as being about 174cm tall, with a slim build, fair complexion and a long and pointed brown beard.
He was last seen wearing cream cargo style pants, a dark-coloured zip-up jacket and black Blundstone boots. Police said Mr Norrish is known to ride a red mountain bike, which is likely to be with him. He also walks with a pronounced limp.
Mr Norrish is from the St Helens area but has been known to travel to other parts of the state, including Launceston and Devonport.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestopperstas.com.au
The mystery of a missing teenage girl and the fate of a St Helens pensioner are among seven Tasmanian cases police have turned the spotlight on for Missing Persons Week.
IT hurts them to say it, but sisters Tammy Williams and Shirley Strochnetter have accepted there is little hope their brother John Norrish will be found alive.
The 52-year-old pensioner went missing from St Helens in late November last year and hasn’t been heard from, or seen, since.
“It’s been very hard, but I have come to the conclusion that he has to be deceased,” Ms Strochnetter said of her younger brother.
“And I think it has been to some sort of foul play, we can’t say for sure, but that’s what I feel.
“It is sad. And the hard thing is not knowing what has happened, we have no answers.”
Mr Norrish’s disappearance is one of the unsolved cases being highlighted as Tasmania Police today launches Missing Persons Week.
There are more than 160 missing persons cases on Tasmania Police records, stretching back to 1955.
That’s a lot of heartbroken families who expect the worst has happened to their loved ones, but still crave answers to bring them closure.
In a handwritten note to the Sunday Tasmanian, Ms Williams and Ms Strochnetter made a plea for information on Mr Norrish’s disappearance.
“We are desperately wanting someone to come forward. Someone knows, or has seen or heard something. He can’t just vanish into thin air overnight,” they said.
“Please, can anyone remember anything, small or big.”
Ms Williams said Mr Norrish, who had an acquired brain injury, had gone missing in the past.
This included an incident in 2014 when he became disoriented while staying in Narawntapu National Park and had to be found by a search party.
“But this is different. Something has happened to him and I just wish to God we could find out what did happen.
“People don’t know what I’ve been going through since he’s been gone,” Ms Williams said.
Tasmania Police is highlighting seven Tasmanian cases as part of National Missing Persons Week.
“The impact on families and friends when someone goes missing is significant,”
Sergeant John Delpero, of the Tasmania Police Missing Persons Unit, said.
“Those left behind always deserve answers to what happened to their loved ones and police will not close a missing person case until the answers are found.”