Police have asked for public assistance to help locate 26-year-old Reece Kearney who was last seen at a home on Highland Dr on December 15. He has not been seen by family since. 

Ron Kearney makes an appeal for his missing son Reece who was last seen at a home on Highland Dr on December 15. PHOTO: TONI CALDWELL  

Reece's dad, Ron (pic from Cairns Post)

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At the time of his disappear Reece Kearney was living with his parents at Julatten, near Mount Molly close to Cairns, QLD.

Reece was last seen on 21 December 2017 after attending a funeral of a close friend who passed away suddenly. He was in a distressed and agitated state.

After returning from a trip into town Reece’s mother had discovered that her motorcycle was missing from her home and Reece was unable to be located

On the 8th February the motorcycle was located at the Telstra Tower on the Newcastle Range, approx 20 kilometres east of Georgetown however Reece was not located.

Investigations into Reece’s whereabouts have failed to locate him and there are grave concerns for his welfare and safety. If you have information that may assist police to locate Reece please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Family appeal for information about their missing son, Reece Kearney

Today Julatten Dad, Mr Ron Kearney made a heartfelt plea to local media and the wider community to help find his missing son, Reece Kearney.

Reece, aged 26, was reported missing on December 15 after he failed to return home to his families Julatten property.

Police investigations revealed Reece was seen at a Ravenshoe Roadhouse on December 15 riding a black 2012 Bonneyville Triumph motorcycle and then later reports he was seen in Mt Surprise.

Mr Kearney believes Reece was attempting to make his way over to Normanton to see his brother, however he never made it and his family believe he may have had a crash.

“We’ve done a search of the area from Georgetown to Croydon by road and now by helicopter as we think he may have had a road accident”, Mr Kearney said.

“There is still a possibility that he’s gone from Normanton to Mount Isa, so I appeal to the people out at the Isa and the three ways in the Northern Territory and Charters Towers, if they see something, please come forward and call crime stoppers or local police.

“We are still hopeful of having a happy ending, we love him very much and we’d like to see him back.

“He’s a good lad, loves his fishing, he’s well liked in the community.”

Both Mr Kearney and police have utilised the services of helicopters to search areas throughout the Tablelands in an effort to locate Reece and his distinctive motorcycle.

Detectives plan to continue searches using available assets in an effort to locate Reece and his motorcycle.

Concerns are held for Reece’s safety and a general public appeal for information extends to service stations, roadhouses, takeaway food outlets, convenience stores, truckies, 4WD enthusiasts, Grey Nomads and other holiday makers travelling throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Reece Kearney is a 26-year-old man and is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 180cm tall, brown hair and a slim build.

Reece has a distinctive tattoo on the inside of his right arm that has the words, “Life Goes On”.

Missing man Reece Kearney spotted in Ravenshoe

POLICE are unsure if a missing Queensland man is being “deliberately evasive” after he was spotted 140km south of where he disappeared.

POLICE are unsure if a missing Queensland man is being “deliberately evasive” after he was spotted 140km south of where he disappeared.

Reece Kearney, 26, from Julatten in North Queensland, was reported missing by his family three weeks ago with concerns for his welfare due to a medical condition.

Police have today confirmed he is alive and well after he accessed his bank accounts and was identified on CCTV footage in a number of locations in Ravenshoe, about 140km south of Julatten.

“We’re unsure of his intended destination or if he is being deliberately evasive,’’ Senior Constable Daniel Whitling said.

“But he’s made no contact with family or friends.’’

Police are still appealing for public assistance to locate Mr Kearney.

He may be travelling on a black 2012 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle with Queensland registration 095-HV.

Phone Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with any information.


Chopper search for missing North Qld man


The father of a north Queensland man who has been missing for a month is hoping helicopter searches will help turn something up but fears his son may have died.

Reece Kearney hasn't been seen since December 15 when he smashed his phone, took off from his dad's Julatten home on a motorbike with only the clothes on his back, and withdrew $3000 at Atherton.

His father Ron believes he may have been riding to Normanton to visit his brother but he never arrived.

After searching roads between Georgetown to Croydon by car Mr Kearney on Saturday hired helicopters and spent five hours in the air trying to find his son, he said on Tuesday.

"We couldn't find any bike wreckage or any sign of life," he said.

"We feel that he didn't make it, that he might have had a road accident."

Despite fearing the worst, Mr Kearney said he hoped his son would contact family and let them know he is alright.

Police searches are expected to continue on Wednesday.



Police find clothes that belong to missing Julatten man Reece Kearney

POLICE have found items of clothing they believe belong to missing Far North Queensland man Reece Kearney and have renewed their appeal for public assistance.

POLICE have found items of clothing they believe belong to missing Far North Queensland man Reece Kearney.

The 26-year-old has been missing since December after failing to return to his family’s Julatten property, and officers say a search of bushland near Georgetown in the Gulf Country uncovered a number of items of his clothing.

Police believe he may have attempted to hitchhike in the Georgetown area.

He was spotted on CCTV at a Ravenshoe roadhouse on December 15, the day he went missing and he was also seen in Mt Surprise.

Police have renewed their appeal for public assistance for anyone who might have seen a man hitchhiking in the surrounding areas in the last two months.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.