Blind in one eye (black eyeball) . Ponytail and one eye mostly
closed due to blindness.
Stephen Angel has been missing since 3 April 2019. Stephen was
kayaking in the ocean off Port Peron Beach in Peron close to the
suburb of Rockingham WA. At 11am Stephen is believed to have set off
his personal locator beacon, and despite an extensive search has not
been seen since. Stephen’s Kayak and paddle were located during the
search and he has failed to make any contact with family since.
Anyone with information which may assist in locating the whereabouts
of Stephen is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
'If anyone can survive, it will be him': Relatives of missing
kayaker Stephen Angel
The search for missing kayaker Stephen Angel has been
suspended for the day due to poor weather conditions.
The 59-year-old Dwellingup man, described by
relatives as an "experienced" fisherman and kayaker, has been
missing since Wednesday morning.
WA Police released a statement late on Thursday
afternoon describing water conditions as unsafe for further search
The search will recommence on Friday morning, with
air and water vessel deployments planned.
In a press conference earlier on Thursday, relatives
described Mr Angel was a fit, strong and active man and an
"We're not coping the best at the moment,"
step-daughter Anna Marelic said.
"It's to be expected, but we're still trying to stay
positive as much as we can. I feel if anyone can survive, it will
definitely be him. He's a really strong person."
An air and sea search south of Perth was sparked when
a personal emergency beacon was activated 1.5 nautical miles off
Point Peron at about 11am on Wednesday.
Crews arrived to find the kayak, a paddle, and the
personal beacon, but not the kayaker.
It's believed Mr Angel, a father of two, was not
wearing a life jacket.
Rockingham Volunteer Marine Rescue crews, police
boats and the RAC Rescue Helicopter resumed their search for the
missing man at first light on Thursday morning.
"We want to thank WA Police, rescue services and
everyone involved in the huge effort in searching for Steve and the
overwhelming support we have received from the police and the
community," Ms Marelic said.
"He's a kind, genuine and truly wonderful person and
we just want him to be found safe."
Fremantle Water Police Acting Senior Sergeant Paul
Crawshaw said he was still hopeful of a positive outcome.
He said searchers had found the beacon on Wednesday
evening a short way north of where the kayak had been located.
Thursday's search has focused around the area where
the kayak, beacon and paddle were found.
Difficult search conditions
Thursday's search conditions have not been as good as
yesterday's, Acting Sen-Sgt Crawhaw said.
Morning winds, overcast skies and "challenging" swell
had complicated the search.
"Yesterday the search crews were reporting very good
conditions and the search area was very effectively covered with
very good visibility and a high probability of detection," he said.
"Yesterday a dive search was undertaken as well,
there were plans for further dive searches today but unfortunately
because of the sea conditions we've not as yet been able to complete
Mr Angel's Dwellingup home was destroyed in a
bushfire in 2007 and he had since become an advocate of fire safety
His teenage had son suffered significant burns in the
Missing kayaker Stephen Angel recently received large disability
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 12:00pm
By Monique Welhan Coast Live
An arrest warrant has been issued for missing kayaker Stephen Angel
after failing to appear in the Mandurah Magistrates Court today.
Stephen Angel disappeared on April 3 while kayaking off Rockingham.
A large scale land, sea and air search was carried out after an
EPIRB belonging to Mr Angel was activated.
Police later found his kayak floating between Point Peron and Garden
Island, but there was no sign of Mr Angel.
The search was suspended two days later.
The Dwellingup man was scheduled to appear in court today after
previously pleading not guilty to two counts of sexual penetration
of a child under 13 and two counts of indecently dealing with a
child under 13.
The charges relate to alleged incidents that happened between
September 1992 and March 1993.
The West Australian reports,
during today's hearing, the police prosecutor told the court Mr
Angel had recently received a large disability payout and was an
Police, friends believe accused child abuser Stephen Angel may
still be alive
When Stephen Angel’s kayak was discovered floating
upside-down between Point Peron and Garden Island in April, it
seemed like nothing more than a tragedy.
But when it was later revealed the 59-year-old was
facing charges of sexual penetration and indecent dealing with a
child under the age of 13, conspiracy theories grew quickly.
Mr Angel, who had only been using that name since
2014, had a bench warrant issued for his arrest when he failed to
attend Mandurah Magistrate’s Court on April 30.
He had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges,
which stemmed from historical allegations.
As of this week, he was still being treated as a
“As is the nature of missing persons inquiries,
specifically those without any direct eye witnesses to the
disappearance, we do not definitively know what happened to Mr
Angel,” WA Police Det-Sgt Jude Seivwright said.
“We cannot discount the possibility that Mr Angel is
“The investigation into Mr Angel’s disappearance will
continue by the WA Police missing persons team and Mr Angel will
remain recorded as a long-term missing person until such time as he
While revelations of his boating background fed into
theories he had fled the country across the water, family friends
say they believe that is unlikely.
“He’s perfectly capable of sailing off into the
sunset but I don’t think he would hurt his children by leaving them
in the lurch,” they told The West.