Garry Verrall, was last seen leaving his unit in Narooma on the morning of Wednesday 24 January 2018. He stated he was going to the Tilba area and would return the following day. He has not been seen since.
Police hold serious concerns for his safety and welfare.
If you have any information that may assist police, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The distraught sons of a beloved south coast man are living with “never-ending despair” after he left his Narooma home almost four years ago and hasn’t been seen since.
A devastated family has opened up for the first time about the pain of losing their father, ahead of an inquest police hope will solve one of the south coast’s most baffling missing person cases.
Garry “Munka” Verrall was 62 when he disappeared after leaving his south coast home in January 2018, leaving no trace even after an extensive search by police.
Three years on, police have not been able to crack the missing persons case and a coronial inquest will be held in Bega Local Court on July 6 as authorities and family members search for answers.
Mr Verrall’s sons Daniel and Karl, who both live in South Australia, say if nothing comes from the inquest they won’t stop their search for their father as they open up for the first time since he vanished.
In a statement they said not knowing what happened to their father has brought a sense of never ending despair.
They hope further media coverage might trigger a memory or encourage someone with crucial information to come forward.
“No words are sufficient to explain the relentless heartache of living without knowing what happened to our dad,” they said.
“If you remember anything, saw anything or have heard anything, no matter how insignificant you think it is, about when or how Garry went missing, please contact the authorities.
“There can’t be peace for us until we have answers and find our dearly
loved and missed dad.”
Police say Mr Verrall, who has distinctive small tattoos on his lower right arm, left his unit in Narooma and headed for the Tilba area, telling friends he would return the next day. He never did.
According to police, he was last seen on January 14, 2018, near the Narooma shopping centre plaza where he bought a number of items from local stores.
Police say they hold serious concerns for his welfare, and the inquest will look into the possibility he is no longer alive.
They renewed their appeal to the public for information in 2020 after an extensive investigation lead baffled detectives nowhere.
Little information was offered, other than Mr Verrall was known to hitchhike around the local area, adding to suspicion he may have been offered a lift by someone.
Police seemed to hold hope a passing motorist would come forward with information.
Anyone with information about Mr Verrall’s whereabouts should call Batemans Bay police station on 4472 0099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.