Rigby "Rig" Mark FIELDING
53 year old Rigby Fielding has been missing from Rockingham WA since mid-August 2015. He was thought to be in the northern suburbs of Perth and was due to catch a train home to Rockingham but has not been heard from by anyone since this time. His family and friends are all very worried by his disappearance - if you have seen Rigby please contact Rockingham Police on (08) 9528 8000 or 1800 333 000
THE disappearance of a 53-year-old Perth man who was reported missing in September is being treated as a suspected homicide.
Rigby Mark Fielding has not been in contact with his family since August 15, when he called his mum to say he was about to get on the train home.
He was last seen visiting an associate at a home on Goderich Street in East Perth in the early afternoon of the same day.
The retired chef was living with his mother and sister in Rockingham, but regularly spent time with friends in the city area.
After months without a word, not accessing his bank accounts or attending planned medical appointments, police will set up a mobile facility on Tuesday in the area where he was last seen.
Mr Fielding’s brother Tim Fielding and sister Stephanie Fielding fronted the media on Monday to plea to anyone with information to come forward.
“We are urging the public, anyone with information, anyone who saw him around the time, or saw him before that to please do come forward,” Tim Fielding said.
“Rigby is a caring loving person and we are obviously devastated.
“We’d love to know where he is, what’s happened and get some resolution.”
At the end of the conference, his sister became grief stricken as the realisation that they won’t see him again dawned on her.
“It’s hard not to be able to put anything to rest without a body or knowing what happened,” Ms Fielding said.
“There’s just no resolution and we need that as a family.”
Mr Fielding’s family have also brought in private investigators from Meridian Services to help find their brother and son.
Director of Meridian Services Nina Hobson told PerthNow on Monday, the family want to stress that people should call with any information whatsoever.
“The family are keen to stress we have an independent number from the police specific to this case.
“It doesn’t matter how insignificant you think the information is, let us decide.”
Ms Hobson said the family just want “closure”.
“The family just want him to be found dead or alive,” she said.
“They’re a really close family.
“They knew when they didn’t receive a phone call in the first 24 hours something was wrong.”
Major Crime Squad Detective Senior Constable Bruce Wishart, who’s heading up the investigation, said he hoped more information would come forward.
“The matter is currently being treated as a suspected homicide as he has not made contact with the family since that time (August 14),” he said.
“Which is very unlike him as he is close to his family.
“If you have seen him or know of his whereabouts please contact Crime Stoppers.”
Police said Mr Rigby was known to frequent Perth City, East Perth, Highgate and Mount Lawley.
Mr Rigby was officially reported as a missing person on September 18.
He is described as being fair skinned, approximately 185cm tall with a medium build, greying hair and brown eyes.
At the time he was last seen, on August 15, he is believed to have been wearing washed-out jeans and a grey jacket.
Around the time he went missing Mr Rigby or someone purporting to be Mr Rigby got a ticket from Transperth guards around this time, but police haven’t been able to verify this information. Police conceded security vision from this day at Perth train station has been deleted.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.
If you have any information relating to the case, or are reluctant to speak directly to WA Police you can also call the Meridian Service’s Rigby Fielding Hotline on 0477 773 833.