Karl MELO- RICHARDS
The mother of a Maroubra man now missing for six days has pleaded with him to come home, saying her son’s disappearance is “not normal” behaviour for him.
Karl Melo-Richards was last seen at 1:30pm on Friday September 2, after leaving his home in Broome St.
The 25 year old’s sister arrived home from school around 4:50pm to find the front and back doors wide open, and Karl’s wallet, keys and car left behind.
His mobile phone was missing and has been switched off or unavailable whenever his family has tried to call it since.
Eastern Beaches Police have conducted several searches of the local area without success.
Mr Melo-Richards’ mother Vanessa Richards her son was “having a long-term battle with depression” at the time of his disappearance, and had never gone off without telling her before.
“Karl we love you and we just want to know you’re safe,” she said.
”If you’re out there and want to come home, we can go away on a trip and be together as a family.”
Karl’s mother is hopeful the day was the only rainy one recently would jog someone’s memory.
“We don’t know whether Karl left the house on foot, or was perhaps picked up by someone in a car.”
Mr Melo-Richards is described as being of caucasian appearance, 175-180cm tall, broad-shouldered with a fit build, with close-cropped brown hair and brown eyes.
When he was last seen he was wearing a T-shirt or long sleeved, dark lightweight jersey, dark blue jeans and closed-in shoes, and carrying an “SDS” brand blue and grey backpack.
Karl’s mother asked that anyone who saw him between 2pm and 5pm that Friday, particularly in the South Maroubra area, near Broome St or the surf club, please call Maroubra Police on 93499299.