Paul Stevenson

 



The Stevenson family are desperate for help in the search for Paul Stevenson. The terrain where the searches have taken place is rugged and if there is to be any hope of finding Paul and or gaining any resolution, people are asked to keep searching this area.
The searches have taken place in the area around WONBAH WINERY ROAD VIA GINGIN-MtPERRY ROAD.

Missing Bundaberg motorbike rider

12th March 2012 9:16 AM - News Mail

UPDATE 5.55am: GRAVE concerns are held for a 47-year-old Bundaberg man who was reported missing after he did not return from a motorbike ride near Biggenden on Sunday.

Paul Stevenson was believed to have gone riding near Paradise Dam, about 80km south-west of Bundaberg, on his black 1978 Honda motorbike with Queensland registration plate UQ113.

A ground search of all roads in the area was launched first thing yesterday, involving police officers, members of the SES and the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter.

Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said the full-day search failed to find any trace of Mr Stevenson, who is the president of the Western Suburbs Junior Rugby League club.

"Police are very concerned about his welfare," Insp Guteridge said.

Insp Guteridge said the search was stood down at last light, and was expected to resume first thing today.

AGL Action Rescue Helicopter's Dick Snell said the crew spent most of the day searching for the father-of-two near Paradise Dam before changing the search direction towards Gin Gin and Agnes Water late afternoon.

It is understood Mr Stevenson's family, including wife, Julie, hired a private helicopter to also aid in the search.

Mr Stevenson was believed to have been wearing a black leather jacket, a black full face helmet and possibly jeans.

Anyone who has information on the man's whereabouts is urged to call Bundaberg police on 4153 9111.

 

Missing Bundaberg motorbike rider

Tuesday, March 13, 2.05pm:

THE search for a missing Bundaberg man who did not return from a motorbike ride has been ramped up with the SES called in to aid the search team.

Bundaberg police Inspector Kev Guteridge said officers were conducting patrols on all roads around Paradise Dam, 80km south west of Bundaberg, where the man was believed to have gone riding.

Insp Guteridge said the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter was deployed at 8.30am to help with the search.

"Police are very concerned about his welfare," Insp Guteridge said.

The man was riding a black 1978 Honda motorbike with Queensland registration UQ113.

He was wearing a black leather jacket, a black full face helmet and possibly jeans.

Anyone who may have been riding in the area or know of the man's whereabouts, please call Bundaberg police on 4153 9111.

 

Missing man's motorbike found

13th March 2012 1:39 PM - News Mail

BREAKING 1.40pm: THE motorbike belonging to missing Bundaberg man Paul Stevenson has been located in bushland.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter spotted the black 1978 Honda motorbike during the search between Gin Gin and Mt Perry about 10.45am.

Pilot Dick Snell said the bike had been very difficult to see from both the air and ground.

"Our paramedic did a wonderful job spotting it," he said.

Mr Snell said the helmet was also seen next to the bike, which was found not far off the road near the Wonbah Winery.

Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said a land search was currently under way near where the bike was found.

"He's nowhere to be seen," he said.

It is not yet clear what condition the bike was in when it was found.

More to come.

Family's tearful plea

THERE is still no trace of the Bundaberg man who disappeared after failing to return home from a motorbike ride, despite search teams locating his bike in bushland yesterday.

Paul Stevenson's bike and helmet were found a few metres from the Gin Gin-Mt Perry Rd shortly before 11am.

Mr Stevenson was reported missing early Monday after he did not return home from a motorbike ride he went on at 4am Sunday.

A full-scale search of Paradise Dam and surrounding areas was conducted on Monday and was resumed yesterday morning around Mt Perry and Miriam Vale.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter spotted the black 1978 Honda motorbike during the search between Gin Gin and Mt Perry about 10.45am.

Pilot Dick Snell said the bike had been particularly difficult to see from both the air and ground.

"Our paramedic did a wonderful job spotting it," he said.

Mr Snell said the helmet was also seen next to the bike, which was found not far off the road near the Wonbah Winery.

Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said a land search of the immediate area soon began.

"He's nowhere to be seen," he said.

Mr Stevenson's family made a tearful plea for assistance in finding the much-loved father and husband.

Daughter Nikki said it was not like her dad to not return home from a ride.

"He likes to explore - he loves the bush," she said at a press conference.

"He's not stupid on a bike but obviously accidents happen."

His wife, Julie, pleaded with anyone who may have seen her husband on that day, to come forward.

"Keep an eye out for him," she said through tears.

 

Last movements

Family's plea for answers

AS THE trail for missing Bundaberg man Paul Stevenson goes cold, his family has become increasingly desperate to find him.

Friends and family have flown in from across the state to help scour bushland near Mt Perry for the father-of-two, who failed to return home from a motorbike ride early Sunday.

His black Honda motorbike and helmet were found just metres from the Gin Gin-Mt Perry Rd on Tuesday.

But extensive searches in the surrounding area failed to find any further trace of Mr Stevenson, with the search for him entering day four today.

Mr Stevenson's sister, Toni Somes, said it appeared her brother was headed towards Mt Perry when his bike crossed over a small concrete gutter and went down an embankment.

"There was no blood at the scene. (His bike) wasn't badly damaged," she said.

Mrs Somes, a journalist in Warwick, said her older brother's wallet and phone were believed to be on him.

"They weren't found at the scene," she said.

"There were a couple of snakes under the bike when they picked it up.

"There's not a lot more that we know."

Mrs Somes said her brother was known to go for Sunday rides without leaving many details of where he was going.

"If there's a message out here for anybody, please let your family know before you go out," she said.

The concerned sister said the five siblings and mum were trying to stay strong for Mr Stevenson's 16-year-old son, Tom.

"He's really struggling - he's been out here searching since Sunday," she said.

Mrs Somes said the family were in "awe" of the number of people who turned up to help search.

"The way the community came together to search for him, we are enormously grateful," she said.

Mrs Somes said Mr Stevenson was well known in the Gin Gin and Mt Perry communities, from his time working as a contract musterer and timber cutter.

"Some of these blokes worked with Paul in the '80s," she said.

Mrs Somes said the family was struggling emotionally and once again pleaded for public assistance.

"If anyone saw anything Sunday morning, it would be great if they could come forward," she said.

"We're pretty desperate to find him."

 

Search for missing biker stood down

16th March 2012 10:23 AM - News Mail

WHILE police continue making inquiries into the disappearance of Bundaberg man Paul Stevenson, volunteers at the Wonbah search site, near Mt Perry, have been stood down.

Bundaberg police Superintendent Rowan Bond said the search wrapped up about 3.30pm yesterday on day four.

"We believe we've exhausted everything we can in that particular area," he said. "We haven't called the search off.

"We'll spend (today) making other inquiries.

"It's still all systems go."

Supt Bond said the family of Mr Stevenson was "quite distraught" that he hadn't been seen since he left for a motorbike ride on Sunday.

"They're certainly not going to give up, and neither are we," he said.

"We continue to have very grave concerns for his safety."

Supt Bond said police were still appealing for public assistance and wanted to hear from those who may have information about the disappearance.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or police on 41539111.

 

Posters to aid search for Paul

20th March 2012 11:56 AM - News Mail

 

A MISSING person poster for Bundaberg man Paul Stevenson will be distributed around the region in coming days.

Mr Stevenson did not return from a motorcycle ride early on the morning of Sunday, March 11.

His black Honda motorbike and helmet were found down an embankment off Gin Gin-Mt Perry Rd last Tuesday.

Mr Stevenson's son and daughter Tom and Nikki have started to distributed the posters around Bundaberg, Gin Gin and Mt Perry.

Mr Stevenson's sister Toni Somes said the family was hopeful the poster would help to unearth new information about his disappearance.

"As incredibly difficult as it was, Paul and Nikki distributed some of the posters around, pleading with the public as they did to help find their dad," she said.

"As Paul's family we remain incredibly distraught, but determined to continue to search until we bring him home."

Mrs Somes said the family believed Paul may have attempted to walk to a nearby friend's property after the accident.

"Unfortunately he didn't make it to the property and appears to have disappeared from the side of the road without a trace," she said.

The family have set up a Facebook page to appeal for information from the community and provide updates to friends and family.

Visit the page at www.facebook.com/MissingPaulStevensonBundaberg.