TannedCircumstances: Paule was last seen at his mining lease campsite in Woodstock in late 2005. Paule’s vehicle was located in poor condition in remote country near Woodstock. No further contact has been made with family or friends.
January 27, 2006 - ISSUED AT 4:45AM
Search for missing man, Winton QLD
Police are searching for a 76-year-old opal miner, Paul Laba who was last seen on November 4, 2005 in the Winton area.
Police have concerns for Mr Laba’s welfare after they located his abandoned vehicle on Boolbie station on November 4, 2005.
Fears for the man’s safety have grown after Winton police and SES personnel failed to locate him despite conducting a search on motorbike of the Woodstock property.
Mr Laba’s is believed to frequently move around camp sites in the Winton area which have made it difficult for police to confirm his whereabouts.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 178cm tall, olive complexion, of slim build with short brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police fear for missing miner
Monday, 30 January 2006. ABC
Winton police are appealing to the public for assistance over the disappearance of a well-known local opal miner.
Paul Laba, 76, has not been seen since his abandoned car was found on Boolbie Station in early November last year.
A search of the area failed to located him.
Senior Constable Jeremy Lambert says anyone with information should contact police.
"This property owner has found some of his tracks walking to his fence line and then that's where the tracks have been lost," he said.
"We went out and had a look at his vehicle, it looks like he's damaged the radiator of his car and he's removed that radiator and taken it with him.
"We actually located the radiator - we believe he was carrying about 10 kilometres from the roadway ... [we are] unable to find any sign of him from that area."
Missing Winton man
QLD Police continue to search for a 76-year-old Winton man who has not been seen since December last year.
Paul Laba was reported missing by concerned family and friends to the Winton Police Station in late January.
Mr Laba is an opal miner who has been in the area for over 20 years and was living on a cattle property 120 kilometres west on Winton.
He was last seen in Winton in early December. Police enquiries have yet to locate him.
Police believe he may have traveled interstate, possibly to the Northern Territory, to visit friends in the Opal industry.
Mr Laba is asked to contact either his family or friends in Winton.
He is 180cm tall, of Caucasian appearance, has a tanned complexion, a thin build and grey hair.
Anyone with information which could assist police locate Paul Laba should contact the Winton Police Station on 4657 1200 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Last updated 13/06/2006