Mick ISLES

  

Search for missing person, Ayr

Last updated 25/09/2009

QLD Police are currently searching for Senior Sergeant Mick Isles of Ayr Police Station who was reported missing from his Graham Street address on Wednesday.

Senior Sergeant Isles was last seen leaving his address at 7.30am Wednesday and we hold grave concerns for his welfare.

He is described as being Caucasian, approximately 180cm tall, of a medium build, with brown hair and hazel eye.

He was driving a police service vehicle, an unmarked 2009 silver Toyota Aurion sedan with Queensland registration number 060KVD. We appeal to the public, especially in the Ayr and Townsville areas to be on the lookout for this vehicle.

We do not believe Senior Sergeant Isles is a danger to the public, however we urge the public to not approach the vehicle, but to contact police immediately if they see the vehicle, or have any information relating to Senior Sergeant Isles’ location.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

 

Missing cop had just returned to work
DANIEL HURST - Brisbane Times
September 25, 2009 - 2:12PM


A senior sergeant who vanished in north Queensland two days ago had only returned to work this week, having taken stress-related leave during a Crime and Misconduct Commission investigation.

Senior Sergeant Mick Isles, who is based in Ayr, near Townsville, was last seen driving away from his home in a police service vehicle on Wednesday morning.

He was reported missing the same day.

His disappearance comes two months after the CMC cleared him of allegations he received payments for drivers' licences improperly issued at the Ayr police station.

brisbanetimes.com.au understands Senior Sergeant Isles had just returned to work on Monday. It is believed he signed out the police car on Wednesday morning to go to training in Townsville.

A police statement said the force held "grave concerns for his welfare".

"We do not believe Senior Sergeant Isles is a danger to the public; however, we urge the public to not approach the vehicle, but to contact police immediately if they see the vehicle, or have any information relating to Senior Sergeant Isles' location," the police statement said.

Senior Sergeant Isles has been a police officer for 35 years, having served as officer-in-charge of various stations including at Ayr, according to a Townsville Bulletin report.

He has previously won a Queensland Police Service Lantern Award for his interactions with the youth population in Cloncurry.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers described the officer as well respected.

"He is a very highly regarded officer," he said through a spokesman.

"We feel for his family who are enduring a terrible time while he is missing."

People are urged to be on the lookout for an unmarked 2009 silver Toyota Aurion sedan with registration plate number 060KVD.

Senior Sergeant Isles is about 180cm tall, of a medium build, with brown hair, hazel eyes and a Caucasian appearance.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Wife of missing police officer Mick Isles pleads for call

Article from: The Sunday Mail (Qld)

Paula Doneman

September 27, 2009 12:00am

THE wife of a veteran north Queensland police officer who has been missing for four days has made a desperate plea for him to call home.

Police – and the family of Senior Sergeant Mick Isles – hold grave concerns for the Ayr officer who only returned to work last Monday after being cleared of allegations of improperly issuing driver's licences for money.

His wife, Fiona – who spoke through senior police – also appealed to the public to look out for her husband and the unmarked police car, a 2009 silver Toyota Aurion sedan, he had been driving.

"If you read this, please call us at home," a distressed Mrs Isles said yesterday.

Four days of air and ground searches in areas around Ayr have failed to locate Sen-Sgt Isles, who was last seen leaving his police residence about 7.30am on Wednesday. His wife had called police when he did not return home on Wednesday night.

Police sources said Sen-Sgt Isles left a note in a downstairs safe thanking his wife and their three children for their support and for standing by him.

It is understood Sen-Sgt Isles quit within the past two months but withdrew it after speaking to his son, Steven, who is a Northern Territory police officer on sick leave.

Mr Isles told the media on Friday his father had suffered a great deal and had been on anti-depressants to cope with the stress of the nine-month investigation by the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

That investigation was triggered last year by information picked up on listening devices installed for a covert drug operation that was targeting a criminal identity in the Ayr area where Sen-Sgt Isles had been officer-in-charge for the past nine years. Allegedly, people were heard talking about a police officer being paid to issue licences to seasonal workers so they could drive heavy vehicles to clear cane.

Misconduct allegations against Sen-Sgt Isles were dismissed by the CMC in May and he was cleared by the QPS Ethical Standards Command last week.

Burdekin Shire Councillor Lou Loizou said Sen-Sgt Isles was a valued, respected member of the Ayr community: "It was a great shock when he was stood down but he had the full support of the community because we know he was the sort of bloke who would never do anything wrong."

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said Sen-Sgt Isles was highly regarded by colleagues who were dismayed by the way the CMC treated him.

 

Police car similar to that of Mick Isles found

Article from: The Courier-Mail

Staff reporters and AAP

September 28, 2009 07:20pm

POLICE have found a car believed to have been driven by police officer Mick Isles near Ayr - and there have been possible sightings of the missing man.

Police hold grave concerns for the Ayr officer who returned to work last Monday after being cleared of corruption allegations.

A car matching the description of the one being driven by Sgt Isles, an unmarked Toyota Aurion sedan with the Qld registration plate 060KVD has been found today, and police are investigating the discovery at a remote property near Ravenswood.

Snr Sgt Isles, 58, was last seen at his Graham Street address at 7.30am Wednesday.

The owners of the property called police on Monday morning after locating the vehicle.

Police have arrived at the scene, and an aerial and ground search is underway.

 Police last night appealed for further information from the public after sightings today of a man with a similar description to Snr- Sgt  Isles.

Members of the public have reported seeing a man dressed in civilian clothing walking along the Flinders Highway near Toonpan.

The man sighted on the highway is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged in his late 50s, approximately 178cm tall, with greying hair. He was wearing a short sleeved checked shirt, grey dress shorts with a thin black belt, white socks and black shoes. He was also carrying a small carry bag.

Members of the public are asked to remain vigilant for any sightings of any person along the Flinders Highway and in the Toonpan area that may fit the description of Senior Sergeant Isles and to contact Townsville Police immediately 4759 9777.

 

Man sighted on Flinders Highway

Last updated 28/09/2009

Police are appealing for further information from the public after sightings today of a man with a similar description to missing man, Senior Sergeant Mick Isles.

Members of the public have reported seeing a man dressed in civilian clothing walking along the Flinders Highway near Toonpan.

The man sighted on the highway is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged in his late 50s, approximately 178cm tall, with greying hair. He was wearing a short sleeved checked shirt, grey dress shorts with a thin black belt, white socks and black shoes. He was also carrying a small carry bag.

Members of the public are asked to remain vigilant for any sightings of any person along the Flinders Highway and in the Toonpan area that may fit the description of Senior Sergeant Isles and to contact Townsville Police immediately 4759 9777.

Search Update, Snr Sgt Mick Isles

 
Last updated 29/09/2009

Police continued the search today for Senior Sergeant Mick Isles in the area near Ravenswood where the vehicle he was driving was located yesterday.

Approximately 20 SES personnel and five police officers continued the land search in difficult searching terrain, but failed to locate Senior Sergeant Isles.

The search will cease at nightfall and resume tomorrow morning.

Forty-five Australian Defence Force personnel and 20 SES members will assist 6 police officers to coordinate the search at first light.

Police are grateful for the assistance of members of the public who continue to provide information during the search and ask people to remain vigilant for any sightings of any person fitting the description of Senior Sergeant Isles.

He is described as being Caucasian, approximately 180cm tall, of a medium build, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

Army joins search for missing policeman

Posted Wed Sep 30, 2009 7:22am AEST - ABC

A search resumes in north Queensland this morning for a police officer reported missing a week ago.

Senior Sergeant Mick Isles disappeared from Ayr last Wednesday and grave concerns are held for his safety.

Twenty State Emergency Services volunteers and five police officers searched yesterday without success.

The Army is expected to join the search today.

Search for police officer, Ravenswood

Last updated 01/10/2009

The search at Ravenswood for missing police officer Senior Sergeant Mick Isles will continue tomorrow as the search and rescue effort transitions into a missing persons investigation.

Northern Region Chief Superintendent Michael Keating said if no trace of Senior Sergeant Isles was located by the end of tomorrow, it was likely the ground search would be suspended.

“The extensive search for Senior Sergeant Mick Isles has failed to locate any further information on his whereabouts. It is the next logical step to take to change the status of the investigation from a search and rescue to a missing person.

“Obviously if any information comes to light that may assist police in the search for Senior Sergeant Isles, we will resume the search. Our priority is to find our colleague Mick safe and well.”

Senior Sergeant Isles was last seen around 7.30am on Wednesday, September 23. A property owner near Ravenswood located the officer’s silver Toyota Aurion vehicle on Monday, September 28.

Police have coordinated the search at Ravenswood which included a wide-ranging foot search conducted by 45 ADF personnel and up to 25 SES members over four days.

Further search efforts included police officers on motorcycles and quad bikes, police dogs, and a broad air search.

Today the search covered about 63 square kilometres from the air and 15 square kilometres on the ground, which is a significant area based on the difficult terrain at Ravenswood.

“Our thoughts are with Mick’s family who have had the difficult task of having to endure long days of waiting while the search for their husband and father continued,” Chief Superintendent Keating said.

“We will continue to communicate with the family and provide regular updates with any new information that arises.”

Police thanked the volunteers who gave up their days in hot and dry conditions to assist with the search.

Police are grateful for the assistance of members of the public who continue to provide information during the search and ask people to remain vigilant for any sightings of any person fitting the description of Senior Sergeant Isles.

Police urge anyone that may have any information on the whereabouts of Senior Sergeant Isles to contact Townsville police on 4759 9777 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

He is described as being Caucasian, approximately 180cm tall, of a medium build, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
 

Update to search for missing person, Ayr

 
Last updated 04/10/2009

The search for Senior Sergeant Mick Isles has moved into a third phase.

This will include police visiting all neighbouring stations in the area, providing property owners and workers with pictures of Senior Sergeant Isles and checking all water holes and water courses for signs of unexplained human activity in the area.

These actions will be taken to assist in the search for Senior Sergeant Isles and are part of the planning which has been put in place.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.
 

Police chief tight-lipped on missing officer's treatment

By Penny Timms - ABC

Posted Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:41am AEDT
 

QLD Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson says he will not weigh into the debate on the treatment of a north Queensland police officer, missing for almost three weeks.

Ground and air searches have failed to find Senior Sergeant Mick Isles after he went missing from Ayr, near Townsville.

Senior Sergeant Isles was last seen leaving his home to attend a conference in Townsville.

His abandoned car was found on private property at Ravenswood, but an air and ground search failed to find him.

His son, Steven Isles, has criticised his father's treatment during a Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) inquiry, which recently cleared the officer.

Commissioner Atkinson believes it is the first time an officer has gone missing and cannot be found.

"I don't want to get into the situation in terms of responding to the angst the family feel or Steven's criticisms of the organisation - I don't think that would be helpful at this time," he said

Commissioner Atkinson says it is a difficult time for Sergeant Isles' family and colleagues.

"I don't think in our history as an organisation - we started as an organisation in 1964 - that we've ever had a situation where we've had one of our own members who was missing," he said.

"We fear the worst but hope for the best obviously, but we do fear the worst for him.

"For a senior sergeant of police not to be able to be found after - now after over two weeks of searching and effort - is tragic."

Indigenous trackers to aid missing sergeant search

By Penny Timms - ABC

Posted Oct 27th 2009

The family of missing north Queensland police officer Senior Sergeant Mick Isles is enlisting Indigenous trackers to help with their search.

The officer's abandoned car was found on a Ravenswood property, but a search failed to find Sergeant Isles, who was last seen leaving his home in Ayr in late September.

His son, Steve Isles, says he understands police are also starting another search today.

"They are actually resuming the search which is quite unusual in a bid to re-screen the tracks where they've been and see if they have not missed anything," he said.

"They're spending two days out there with extensive resources and logistics.

"I've made approaches to them to consider pooling resources and have their resources work with the trackers that I'm bringing back so that, if we can, we can achieve the best result by working together."

Mr Isles says the Indigenous trackers "are well cultured, native people from Arnhem Land who are regarded as the best trackers remaining in Australia today".

"I'm actually going to be approaching their community and speaking to their community and accompanying them from their back to North Queensland," he said.

Search for missing person resumed

Last Updated: 27/10/2009

A ground search for missing police officer Senior Sergeant Mick Isles resumed at Ravenswood this morning.

Northern Region Assistant Commissioner Clem O'Regan said the search concentrated on the eight square kilometre area where the officer's silver Toyota Aurion was found on Monday, September 28.

The search was conducted by about eighty officers and included six Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad officers and eight Special Emergency Response Team members, along with about 60 police recruits.

Assistant Commissioner O'Regan said, "We're retracing the search area to ensure no evidence has been missed."

"Our priority is to find our colleague Mick safe and well.

"While no further information was uncovered today, the search is expected to continue tomorrow morning at first light.

"We will continue to target inquiries towards any information that comes to light that may assist police in the search."

Previous search efforts have included police officers on motorcycles and quad bikes, police dogs, a broad air search and a wide-ranging foot search conducted by police, ADF personnel and SES members.

"Our thoughts are with Mick's family who has had the difficult task of enduring long days of waiting during the search for their husband and father," Assistant Commissioner O'Regan said.

Police are grateful for the assistance of members of the public who continue to provide information during the search and ask people to remain vigilant for any information which might assist the search.

Senior Sergeant Isles was last seen around 7.30am on Wednesday, September 23.

Police urge anyone that may have any information on the whereabouts of Senior Sergeant Isles to contact Townsville police on 4759 9777 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

He is described as being Caucasian, approximately 180cm tall, of a medium build, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

 Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

Trackers to help in search for police officer

By Kerrin Binnie

Posted Mon Nov 2, 2009 9:37am AEDT - ABC
 

The family of a missing police officer in north Queensland has engaged Aboriginal trackers to find him.

Senior Sergeant Mick Isles has not been seen since leaving his Ayr home in late September.

His son Steven Isles traveled to Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory to ask for help from Aboriginal trackers.

Two trackers arrived in Ayr last night and are making their way to Ravenswood this morning.

That is where Sgt Isles car was found abandoned several days after he disappeared.

"They'll work however they can - however they do with the land.

"These trackers have come over with the full intention of finding my father."

"It may sound strange to some - they believe they can speak and engage spirits - I'm not here to question that."

"Whatever may come out of their time searching for my father, I feel that we're going to gain something."

Trackers fail to find missing policeman

By Penny Timms - ABC

Posted Fri Nov 6, 2009 11:00am AEDT

The family of missing Ayr police officer Senior Sergeant Mick Isles will continue their search, after Aboriginal trackers were unable to locate him.

The officer has not been seen since September when his unmarked police car was found abandoned on rural property at Ravenswood in north Queensland.

His son, Steven Isles, says he spent three days searching the area with the trackers, but thick overgrowth prevented a complete search of the rugged area.

"As far as the trackers that have actually given their time to travel with myself from central Arnhem Land to north Queensland, now they've indicated their beliefs, their views through a certain affiliation with the land and other things I guess westerners would not understand, including myself," he said.

"We're letting them be the guide at this stage because at this point in time, we have no other options."

He says the family are closer to finding an answer.

"The three days that we've been put in Ravenswood, with the trackers, they've led us on a journey and said that they can establish what they see is the truth," he said.

"They're yet to tell the family the full story but they've led us in a direction that we will be continuing our search - it was just inaccessible at the time because of thick lantana bush."

Inquest probes missing policeman's fate

Updated July 09, 2012 08:20:27

The suspected death of a north Queensland police officer will be investigated when a coronial inquest starts in Brisbane today.

Senior Sergeant Mick Isles was the officer in charge of the Ayr police station when he disappeared in September 2009.

He had been on his way to a training seminar in Townsville but never arrived.

A large-scale search found his unmarked police car abandoned on a rural property west of Townsville.

He had only just returned to work after being investigated and cleared by the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

Coroner Michael Barnes will spend the week investigating if Senior Sergeant Isles is dead, and if so, the circumstances surrounding his death.

The inquest will also look at the adequacy of his return to work plan, rehabilitation policies, any delay in him being reported missing and the adequacy of the search.

 

Missing Ayr police officer Mick Isles most likely committed suicide, inquest told

A POLICE officer who disappeared in north Queensland three years ago most likely walked into the bush and committed suicide, an inquest has heard.

Senior Sergeant Mick Isles was a highly respected officer in charge of Ayr police station, near Townsville, when he disappeared on September 23, 2009, three days after returning from extended sick leave.

His unmarked police car was found on a rough bush track five days later, his police uniform folded and placed inside and a box of shotgun ammunition in the boot.

A note - although not specifically a suicide note - was found in his bedroom.

Detective Inspector Brian Swan, who at the time was based at the Ethical Standards Command, told the inquest he was brought in to take over from local police in investigating the officer's disappearance.

Det Insp Swan said Sen-Sgt Isles had been investigated by the Crime and Misconduct Commission after listening devices in the home of a drug dealer picked up a person bragging that they had an "in" with the senior officer.

The listening devices picked up a conversation about money that was being paid to local police in exchange for heavy vehicle licences and information on investigations.

Sen-Sgt Isles' home and work were searched as part of the investigation but he was fully cleared of any wrongdoing.

Despite that, an audit was carried out at Ayr police station soon after, with a number of recommendations made about the running of the station.

Those recommendations were also found to be unsubstantiated.

In September 2008, a week after having his home searched, Sen-Sgt Isles went on sick leave.

His son Steven told the hearing his father was distraught after being told two days after the search that he was being stood down as office in charge of the station.

"After being challenged with allegations of money laundering and drug trafficking, it hit him like a tonne of bricks ... he went and saw a doctor and they told him to take time off," he said.

By August 2009, while still on leave, Sen-Sgt Isles told the Queensland Police Service he wanted to retire.

But while the paperwork for his retirement was being processed, Steven contacted the HR department to say his father wanted the process reversed so he could return to work.

"Retiring under a cloud would have killed him," Steven said.

The inquest heard Sen-Sgt Isles' relationship with senior police had soured so much that he refused to have any contact with them.

Commissioner Bob Atkinson at the time told media crews more than 100 attempts had been made to contact the Ayr officer - a claim strongly disputed by Steven, who tendered letters and transcripts quoting his father telling other police officers he had not heard from his superiors in some time.

Eventually, the inquest heard, Sen-Sgt Isles was able to return to work on a "graduated basis", initially working four hours a day.

On the first day he was confronted by senior officers who decided to "clear the air" to ensure they would all be able to work together.

By day three, on August 23, he was sent to a training course in Townsville.

But instead of driving to Townsville, he drove towards Ravenswood, where his car was eventually found.

Extensive ground and air searches failed to find any trace of him.

Det Insp Swan said the investigation had not ruled out foul play or that Sen-Sgt Isles had walked into the bush and gotten lost but the most likely scenario was that the officer had committed suicide.

"One scenario is that he wondered into the bush and perhaps perished (but) the most likely scenario is that he has taken his own life," he said.

The detective said the officer had been seen by doctors for depression, anxiety and adjustment disorder in the lead up to his disappearance.

Sen Sgt Isles' family has long maintained he met with foul play rather than suicide.