Marc Kristian MIETUS
|D.O.B:||4 May 1983|
|Hair Colour:||Dark Brown|
|Tattoo(s)/Marks:||Cartoon character tattoo on ankle.|
26 Janurary 2000 at Childers.
He left the family home in Melbourne in January 2000 to travel to
Brisbane. He picked up a hitch hiker in Gildara NSW who offered him
accommodation at his property at Booyal via Childers. Marc stayed at this
property until 26 January 2000. Another resident saw him get into a
vehicle containing an unidentified male at the gate of the property that
day. Marc has not been seen since.
By DAN NANCARROW
KRIS Mietus is preparing for his sixth Christmas without his missing son.
The Victorian father has not had any contact with his son, Marc Kristian Mietus, since he went missing in Childers in January 2000.
"It's pretty tough because we are a very close family and when we get together he is the only one missing,'' Mr Mietus said.
"I fear the worst.''
Bundaberg police have been investigating the disappearance of Mr Mietus as well as the disappearance of Christine Maria Fenner, who was last seen in Kirk-Marule Road, Booyal on February 12, 1999.
Mr Mietus's son left Melbourne to travel to Queensland in early January before staying with a hitchhiker at a Booyal property.
He was last seen at the Booyal property on January 27 in a brown sedan with four other men in the vehicle.
Mr Mietus said he was seeking any information on the disappearance of his son but was not confident he would be found alive and well.
"He was very close to his older sister and for him not to contact her is out of character,'' he said.
"I think I've resigned myself to the fact that I'll get a phone call one day and I won't like what I hear.
"But you've got to move on, you can't look back.
"We want the closure.''
Marc Kristian Mietus is 184cm tall, has dark brown hair, brown eyes, solid build, olive complexion and a tattoo of a cartoon character on his ankle.
Mrs Fenner is 162cm tall with a slim build, has a fair complexion with fair hair and green eyes and a tattoo on her left shoulder.
Anyone with any information on either missing person can telephone Bundaberg police on 4153 9111 or the Missing Persons Bureau on (07) 3364 6213.
A $250,000 reward has been offered in a bid to help solve a 15-year-old Queensland missing person's case in the state's south.
Marc Christian Mietus, 21, went missing on Australia Day in 2000.
Police said earlier that month Mr Mietus picked up a hitchhiker during a car journey from Melbourne to Queensland.
He then lived in a caravan at the hitchhiker's property at Booyal near Childers in the state's Wide Bay region.
Police said Mr Mietus also spent time at a Kelvin Grove property during his time working as a plumbing apprentice but believe he was at the Booyal property the day he went missing.
Authorities are hoping the reward will prompt new information about his disappearance.
Marc Christian Mietus went missing on Australia Day in 2000 in Queensland after picking up a hitchhiker.
On January 4 2000, the young man was in the process of moving from his family home in Melbourne to Brisbane, hoping for a new start and to 'get his life back on track' according to his father, Kris Mietus.
The victim's father is pleading with the public to come forward with information so his family can finally have closure from the traumatic experience of losing their beloved son.
'I've got to be honest, I've probably resigned myself to the fact that he has met foul play,' Mr Mietus said at a press conference on Tuesday.
'The family, including myself and his two sisters, have (come to this conclusion).'
For 15 years Marc Mietus' loved ones have struggled after the 21-year-old 'vanished without a trace'.
'We're after closure and once we get that we can move on. It's very difficult not to,' Mr Mietus explained.
Mr Mietus was travelling alone from Melbourne to Queensland when he encountered a hitchhiker.
'During his car journey, Mr Mietus picked up a hitchhiker,' Detective Superintendent Steve Holohan of the Homicide Group said.
To repay the favour, the hitchhiker offered Mr Mietus accomodation at his property in the Wide Bay region, 70 kilometres inland from Bundaberg.
'Marc befriended the man who allowed him to stay in a caravan on his property on Dillarnil Booyal Road, Booyal via Childers.'
Mr Mietus made his home at the Booyal property, whilst also spending time at another friend's residence in Kelvin Grove, an inner northern suburb of Brisbane.
At about 6.30am on January 26 2000 Marc is believed to have arrived back at the Booyal property on his red 250cc Honda road trail bike.
After spending time at the property and making several phone calls he was seen leaving the home in a car with of a group of people, believed to be heading to Brisbane.
He has not been seen since and police believe Marc may have met with foul play.
Despite extensive searches and investigating all leads on the case, police are still yet to determine what happened to the plumbing apprentice after he left the house.
'Certainly, we believe there are people out there that know what happened to him and others who have crucial information regarding this case,' said Detective Holohan.
'We are offering $250,000 for anybody who gives information that leads to the identification of the person responsible for the homicide
'We strongly suspect he was met with foul play somewhere between Childers and Brisbane.'
The missing man's distressed father spoke at a police conference, speaking openly about his son in the hope it would help finally find answers.
'There were probably two key things in his life which set him in a direction which the family wasn’t really impressed with,' his father revealed.
'His mother walked out when he was 15 years of age,' Kris Mietus explained.
This abandonment is believed to have had a profound effect on the teen who became involved with 'the wrong crowd'.
'Up until 15 he was a very gifted child and had a great association with everybody in the family,' said Mietus.
The talented athlete was also rejected in his attempts to become a professional AFL player.
'It set him off on the wrong path and he probably associated with the wrong people. He probably shouldn’t have been smoking marijuana,' his father told the press conferenece.
But as the 21-year-old set off for Queensland just weeks before his disappearance he was determined to turn over a new leaf.
Instead, it is believed he lost his life and 15 years later his family are still fighting to uncover how.
'Someone’s obviously done away with him and we want that person brought to justice,' said Kris.
$250,000 reward in 15-year-old Marc Mietus cold case
On the 15th anniversary of his disappearance, police and the family of Marc Mietus are appealing for anyone within the community with information regarding this case to come forward.
On January 4, 2000 Marc Christian Mietus (aged 21 at the time) moved from Melbourne to Brisbane to join friends he had made while living in Queensland during the mid to late 1990s.
“During his car journey, Mr Mietus picked up a hitchhiker. Marc befriended the man who allowed him to stay in a caravan on his property on Dillarnil Booyal Road, Booyal via Childers. It is believed this favour was in return for the lift to his home address,” Detective Superintendent Steve Holahan of the Homicide Group said.
During this time, it has been established Mr Mietus was residing between the Booyal property and another friend’s residence in Kelvin Grove.
About 6.30am on January 26 2000 Marc is believed to have arrived back at the Booyal property on a red 250cc Honda road trail bike. Investigators believe that Marc remained at the property for some hours during which time he contacted associates.
Marc was then seen leaving the Booyal address in the company of a group of people and has not been seen since. Police believe Marc may have met with foul play.
“We strongly believe there are people within the community with crucial information regarding this case. His family including his father Kris Mietus, are appealing for those people to come forward so we can help provide answers for the family,” Detective Superintendent Holahan said.
A reward of $250,000 has been offered for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the suspected murder of Marc Christian Mietus on an unknown date in January 2000. The reward of $250,000 is offered for information leading to the location of the remains of Marc Christian Mietus.
INDEMNITY FROM PROSECUTION:
In addition, an appropriate indemnity from prosecution will be considered for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the crime, who first gives such information.
The allocation of the $250,000 reward will be at the sole discretion of the Commissioner of the Police Service.