Above - Ray Speechley's wife Jan can be seen standing next to her car on the left, while the car that stopped and possibly chatted with Ray is on the right.
IRT has joined the appeal to help find missing 77-year-old man Raymond Speechley.
Mr Speechley climbed two fences to leave an IRT retirement village at Dalmeny on the Far South Coast last Thursday, according to the aged care provider.
Police suspect he may have tried to get a lift with a passing motorist to Wollongong.
Mr Speechley had worked in the area as a boilermaker and professional fisherman, and played local competitive rugby.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of medium build with grey hair and blue eyes, and was last seen wearing jeans and a dark jacket with a pyjama top underneath.
"Everyone at IRT is deeply concerned that Mr Speechley has not yet been found,’’ CEO IRT Care Craig Hamer said.
"We join police in asking members of the Wollongong public to remain vigilant and report any potential sightings of Mr Speechley to local police on 4472 0099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
"Ray is a much-loved husband, father and grandfather and we continue to hope and pray for his safe return," Mr Hamer said.
Police were alerted after he left the home and couldn’t be located or contacted.
The disappearance prompted an extensive land of air search of the area, carried out by members of the Volunteer Rescue Association, State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service and Westpac Lifesaver helicopter.
“Serious concerns are held for Mr Speechley’s welfare due to a medical condition
and the inclement weather in the area,” police said in a statement.
Police have been told a man similar in description to Mr Speechley was seen on the Princes Highway, Dalmeny, shortly after 4pm on Thursday.
A red vehicle was stopped nearby.
Inquiries have also revealed Mr Speechley may have attempted to make the 260km journey from Dalmeny to the Wollongong area.
“Mr Speechly [sic] has ties to the Wollongong area and may have made his way to the area. He is a keen fisherman and may frequent local fishing spots,” a post on the Illawarra Police Rescue Squad’s Facebook page, on Friday night, said.
“Police are appealing for anyone who was travelling north on the Princes Highway through Dalmeny at that time [about 4pm on Thursday] that may have picked up a man fitting the description of Mr Speechley, to contact police,” the NSW Police statement said.
Police also want anyone who may have seen a man fitting Mr Speechley’s description on the Princes Highway at Dalmeny to contact Batemans Bay Police Station on 4472 0099 or via Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.
The family of missing man Ray Speechley remains desperate for any answers, while
Narooma police on Sunday coordinated another search of bushland where he was
Three police officers and 10 local volunteers from the Narooma VRA rescue squad combed bushland west of the Princes Highway, but nothing was found in very difficult terrain and vegetation.
Ray’s daughter Nikkii Smith continued to make appeals on social media on behalf of the Speechley family.
She was keen to get the message out that the driver of a car seen with Ray at the time he went missing would not get into trouble, but just needed to be spoken to.
Nikki has also published the full photograph taken from video of the scene where
Ray was last seen on Thursday. Ray’s wife Jan can be seen standing next to her
car on the left, while the car that stopped and possibly chatted with Ray is on
“I know I have bombarded (Facebook) with photo after photo of dad and I'm sorry but I won't and can't stop now. It's so heartbreaking, and frustrating not knowing where he is, or if he is ok,” Nikkii posted on Facebook on Sunday. “It been 10 days since dad went missing. There has been no confirmed sighting of him since Thursday the 7th.
“We are searching over an area of approx 250km and at this stage relying on one person in a red vehicle who may or may not have picked dad up to contact the police, the wait is agonising. We just hope that somehow someway we find dad and can bring him home.”
Police last week released images of that vehicle they believe Ray may have received a lift in and are appealing for the driver to come forward, as the search for the man continues.
Raymond Speechley, aged 77, was last seen about 4pm last Thursday, July 7 at the IRT Dalmeny retirement home in Ruth Place, Dalmeny. He was staying at the home for respite and does have Alzheimer’s.
Police have been told a person was seen on the Princes Highway at Dalmeny,
shortly after 4pm on July 7, leaning into a red/maroon, four door sedan, similar
to a Honda Accord.
The vehicle was seen stopped south of the timber mill at Dalmeny facing a northerly direction. When the witness returned to the location the vehicle was seen to head north on the Princes highway with the person in the vehicle. This location was in the vicinity of where Mr Speechley was last sighted.
Police said information indicates that Mr Speechley might have attempted to travel to the Wollongong area. The images of the vehicle were taken at 4.41pm on July 7, by a passing motorist.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or the Narooma police on 4476 2044.
Police as part of National Missing Persons Week are renewing appeals for public assistance to help locate an elderly man suffering from Alzheimer’s who went missing from Dalmeny last month.
Raymond Speechley, aged 77, was last seen at the IRT Dalmeny retirement home on Ruth Place about 4pm Thursday, July 7.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 175cm tall, of medium build with grey hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans, a dark jacket with a pyjama top underneath.
In addition, a vehicle may have stopped to assist Mr Speechley at the time and police are appealing for the driver to come forward.
Police have been told a person was seen on the Princes Highway at Dalmeny, shortly after 4pm leaning into a red/maroon, four door sedan, similar to a Honda Accord.
The vehicle was seen stopped south of the timber mill at Dalmeny facing a northerly direction. When the witness returned to the location the vehicle was seen to head north on the Princes Highway with the person in the vehicle. This location was in the vicinity of where Mr Speechley was last sighted.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Batemans Bay Police Station on 4472 0099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Mr Speechley’s family is also continuing its efforts with continued social media posts and posters around the area. His daughter Nikii Smith said they just wanted to speak to anyone who saw Ray on the highway or knows where he is.
“We are stressing if someone is looking after him that they won't be in any trouble,” she said.