Matthew James BALE

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Matthew James Bale, born 1977, was last seen on Rottnest Island, WA at 5:30pm Monday 21st March 2016. He was wearing a yellow Hawaiian shirt, shorts and thongs. He had no money, phone or identification. He was carrying a return ferry ticket.

Inquiries to date have failed to locate the Matthew. If you have information that may assist police to locate Matthew please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Missing Man - Matthew BALE

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Fremantle Police are seeking assistance from the public to locate 38 year old Fremantle man, Matthew James BALE.
Mr Bale was last seen at 6.00pm on Monday 21st March 2016 near Geordie Bay on Rottnest Island. It is unknown if he has since returned to the mainland or not.
Mr Bale is described as being fair skinned, approximately 185cms tall with a slim build. He has a full, but well-trimmed beard and several tattoos including a kookaburra on his lower right arm, an abstract pattern on his upper right arm and a star on his lower back. He has a hoop earring in each ear and a gold signet ring with a motif of two feathers on his left ring finger. 
He was last seen wearing a yellow Hawaiian shirt, black and white shorts and black thongs. 
Police have serious concerns for his welfare and ask anyone who sees Mr BALE, or knows of his whereabouts to call police immediately on 131 444

 

MATT BALE IS MISSING

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POLICE have issued a missing person’s report for well-known Fremantle milliner and businessman Matt Bale (pictured).

The manager of the MANY business incubator in the old Myer building and co-owner of its Kate and Abel cafe, hat and ephemera pop-up shop, was last seen near Georgie Bay on Rottnest Island just before dusk on March 21.

Police spokesperson Susan Usher told the Herald Mr Bale had a return ticket but the ferry company was unable to check if he had used it.

Ms Usher said friends and family he’d normally be expected to contact since then had not heard from him, and police enquiries hadn’t turned up any clues.

“We need to know if we need to expand the search on Rottnest,” she said.

Mr Bale and his wife, Kate Hulett, started the St. Saviours hat brand as a weekend hobby in 2009 back in the UK. They sold them at London markets and festivals, and within a year had been picked up by hip fashion outlet Topshop for its flagship store on Oxford Circus. The hats were also carried by Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge and Anthropologie on Regent Street.

Mr Bale is about 185cm with a full beard and distinctive tattoos, including a kookaburra on his lower right arm, an abstract pattern on his upper right arm and a star on his lower back. He usually sports a hoop earring in each ear.

He was last seen wearing a yellow Hawaiian shirt, black and white shorts and black thongs.

HELP SEARCH FOR MATTHEW BALE ON ROTTNEST

Posted in fremantle, missing person, western australia by freoview on May 10, 2016

On the afternoon of March 21 this year the delightful Matthew Bale went missing on Rottnest Island and has not been seen since, so his wife Kate Hulett wants to do her own search for him on Rottnest. Police have searched the populated parts of the island but Kate now wants to see if Matt is in one of the more remote parts.

Matthew and Kate have been very active at Fremantle’s Many 6100 at Kings Square and well-known to many shoppers for their the Kate & Able hat shop.

Kate wrote on Facebook:

For my own peace of mind – and for my best friend, and husband, Matt – I am asking for help from friends of ours, to search the rest of Rottnest, so we can rule-out him being on the land. This is the uninhabited, rough, shrubby parts of Rotto. Its not a fun task, and it will be hard work walking through scrub and looking under trees and through dense foliage. Of course, it’s not an activity suitable for everyone, and it’s absolutely not a measure of your friendship if you do or don’t come! Honestly, I can’t articulate how well supported and loved I’ve felt over the past six weeks!
But – if you are fairly fit and can offer a day’s help searching an allocated area – that would be super. The search will start on the afternoon of Saturday 21 May, and hopefully be done by Tuesday 24 May in the afternoon. So the full search days will be Sunday 22, Monday 23, and Tuesday 24 May. Rottnest Express have very generously offered free ferry tickets to volunteers, but I need to know names and dates – so if you are able to join us, please send me your email address and availability, so I can arrange things and provide you with more information.  

If you have time to help with the search please do contact Kate! It is very heart breaking that this good man has been missing for so long and there is no trace of him.

 

 

ROTTO SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN

THE worried partner of missing Fremantle businessman Matt Bale will lead a team to Rottnest Island in two weeks to search for him in its remote, scrubby areas.

Kate Hulett recently made an emotional plea on Facebook for volunteers to help in the search: so many locals responded it’s threatened to get out of control.

Mr Bale, the manager of the MANY business incubator in the old Myer building and co-owner of its Kate and Abel cafe, hat and ephemera pop-up shop, was last seen near Geordie Bay on Rottnest just before dusk on March 21.

Three weeks later, no clues to his whereabouts have been found.

Ms Hulett told the Herald police had focused their search on the populated third of the island so her group will search the rest. She says it will be through fragile scrub so she didn’t want to send an army of people who’d do too much environmental damage.

“The case is soon to be handed over to the missing persons department, which manage the long-term missing,” Ms Hulett had posted on Facebook.

WA Police media adviser Susan Usher says police searched all areas on the island and Mr Bale may not be on it.

“To clarify – police have not said they believe Mr Bale did not leave the island,” she says. “It is unknown if he left the island and as it is unknown, we will not limit our inquiries to the assumption that he is on the island. Police continue to make inquiries and will follow up on any information received regarding the whereabouts of Mr Bale.”

Rottnest Express will give the volunteers a free trip to the island.

Mr Bale is about 185cm and when last seen wore a full beard. He has distinctive tattoos, including a kookaburra on his lower right arm, an abstract pattern on his upper right arm and a star on his lower back. He usually sports a hoop earring in each ear. He was last seen wearing a yellow Hawaiian shirt, black and white shorts and black thongs.

Mr Bale and Ms Hulett started the St Saviours hat brand as a weekend hobby in 2009 back in the UK. They sold them at London markets and festivals, and within a year had been picked up by hip fashion outlet Topshop for its flagship store on Oxford Circus. The hats were also carried by Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge and Anthropologie on Regent Street.

Kate Hulett
1 JunePerth, WA

 

I took this last week in Rottnest, early one morning as the sun rose. Many of you will know that we didn't find any trace of Matthew, despite the incredible kindness and effort of over 100 volunteers (plus the many more people sending such appreciated support).

Through a weird mix of emotions (nervousness, sadness, disappointment, relief, exhaustion) I'll be eternally grateful to have experienced such a wonderful show of community spirit - even if it was through terrible circumstances.

Thanks to everyone for checking in/ offering support/ sending love. Especially to my wonderful gal pals, who are magnificent beings. I'm ok. Life can be an arse; and that's ok too. X