Warren MEYER

 

 

http://www.warrenmeyer.com.au/

 

 

 

I hope it's okay to publish this comment from one of the searchers involved in looking for Warren -

"Although it was rough terrain through the area...it didn't seem an impossible spot and if he truly was as careful as we've been led to believe (and as experienced) it did seem very odd...I was there for some of the search and know first hand there was simply no clue anywhere...no indication. It was like he'd never existed! "

Posted by: SES Volunteer of Victoria 10:45am March 30, 2008

 

 

24 March 2008

0340 Hours

Victoria Police are searching the Mount Dom Dom area for a missing 57-year-old Beaumaris man.

Police were called to the Mount Dom Dom car park at about 5:15 pm yesterday.

Investigators have been told that the experienced walker set out at 7:30 am yesterday and was to return at midday.

He took food, water a phone and GPS with him but has not been seen since.

Police searched the area and have called in members from the Search and Rescue Squad to assist in the search later this morning.

 

24 March 2008 (Update 1)

1150 Hours

Victoria Police have released the name of the missing male, Warren Meyer a 57-year-old from Beaumaris.

The search is continuing with the assistance of the State Emergency Service.

 

27 March 2008 (Update 2)

0930 hours

Victoria Police will continue the search today for missing hiker Warren Meyer.

Entering the fifth day, the search party now consists of more than 100 personnel, from Victoria Police, S.E.S. and the Bushwalkers Search and Rescue Association.

Inspector Humberstone of the Yarra Valley area says the use of the new mobile police command centre has assisted in the co-ordination of the large number of searchers and is providing a central point for the search operation.

Police resources include four police horses, two special solos (motorcycles), a police canine dog, local police and Search and Rescue crews.

The S.E.S. has 41 volunteers assisting along with 20 bushwalkers from the Bushwalkers Search and Rescue Association (B.S.A.R.A.)

Other volunteers include four handlers and two dogs from the Search and Rescue Dog Association (S.A.R.D.A.) and two local horse riders.

Melbourne Water and Parks Victoria have also provided personnel and are providing great assistance to police.

Family, friends and searchers are hopeful of success today.

 

Police track missing bushwalker's phone

Posted Tue Mar 25, 2008 12:39pm AEDT  - ABC

Police can not understand why a missing bushwalker has not been able to contact them.

The 57-year-old man from Beaumaris went hiking in the Yarra Ranges National Park yesterday morning. He has not been seen since.

Police say he is an experienced walker who had food, water and communications equipment, including a mobile phone.

However, Victoria Police Inspector Andrew Humberftone says rescue crews have not been able to contact him.

"Could be a variety of reasons. The batteries could be flat, it could be in an area where it's not pinging one of the repeater stations," he said.

"So we're trying a bit of technology at the moment to see if we can locate that, but at the moment it's not sending a signal."

Situation critical for missing bushwalker

 
Marika Dobbin - The Age
March 26, 2008 - 10:20AM

 

The State Emergency Service has doubled the number of volunteers taking part in a search for a bushwalker missing since Sunday in the Yarra Ranges as fears for his safety increase.

More than 40 volunteers are helping state and local police scour steep and bushy terrain for signs of Beaumaris man Warren Meyer, 57.

Volunteers from around Victoria have arrived in the Yarra Ranges National Park, north-east of Melbourne, to continue the search.

Mr Meyer, a Canadian living in Melbourne, has not been seen since setting out for a five-hour walk at 7.30am on Sunday at Mount Dom Dom.

SES spokesman Allan Briggs said that after three nights in the mountain forest, the situation was now critical.

"As time goes by our concern for his welfare increases," he said.

"The search area has been extended and the SES has deployed volunteers form around the state, including volunteers from Ararat and Stawell because they are used to searching in steep terrain."

Fears on rise for bushwalker

Article from: Herald SunDavid Hastie

March 26, 2008 12:00am

A BUSHWALKER'S love of trees could explain his disappearance three days since he tried to do a 10km walk in Victoria's alpine region.

Hopes of finding Beaumaris man Warren Meyer alive took a huge hit yesterday after the 57-year-old spent a third night missing in dense forest.

Mr Meyer set out from the Dom Dom Saddle car park in the Yarra Ranges National Park about 7.30am on Sunday but did not return, as expected, that afternoon.

Friends told of Mr Meyer's love of trees and that the father of two had probably left the tracks to take a closer look.

Noel May, who said Mr Meyer was an experienced bushwalker, said Sunday's walk was routine.

Police this morning increased efforts to find the father of two as more than 100 people were expected to join the search.

Search continues for missing man

Adrian Lowe
March 27, 2008 - 8:34PM
 

POLICE and rescue workers will continue their search tomorrow for a Beaumaris bushwalker missing at Mount Dom Dom, near Healesville.

Warren Meyer has been missing in the area since Sunday.

Specially trained sniffer dogs today joined police, State Emergency Service crews and members of the Bushwalkers Search and Rescue Association in an unsuccessful attempt to find the 57-year-old.

The cold and wet conditions did not help rescuers, but police have not yet given up hope of finding Mr Meyer alive.

"... people have survived a lot longer in the bush than this," Victoria Police spokesman Ian Veitch told Channel Ten.

Mr Meyer took water, food, a mobile phone and a GPS device with him on his walk. He was supposed to return at midday on Sunday.

Rain hampers search for missing bushwalker

Posted Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:17pm AEDT - ABC
 

The family and friends of a bushwalker, missing in the Yarra Ranges National Park for four days, are optimistic he is still alive.

Fifty-seven-year-old Warren Meyer has not been seen since going for a hike near Mount Dom Dom on Sunday morning.

Over 100 searchers have been looking for him since Sunday evening, battling wet and cold conditions.

Family friend Jill May says the family are holding up quite well, although there have been some teary moments.

"I feel he's just gone for his normal walk he's tripped, fallen probably hit his head, and he's lying there just waiting for us to come and find him." she said.

"We've got so many wonderful people out there that we'd like to thank so much for all their wonderful effort, it's just been phenomenal."

Peter Stanley of the State Emergency Service (SES) says last night's rain has made for difficult conditions.

"(It's) taking up to one hour to complete 250 metres so it's very slow going very very thick undergrowth and very steep in some areas as well

The search will resume tomorrow.

 

Bushwalker search enters sixth day

Article from: Herald Sun

AAP

March 28, 2008 10:44am

POLICE have widened their search for a bushwalker missing since Sunday in the Yarra Ranges National Park, as hopes fade due to recent wintry weather.

The 57-year-old Beaumaris man, Warren Meyer, who is a Canadian national, was last seen at the Dom Dom Saddle car park in the region last Sunday morning.

A police spokesman said today that 53 CFA, 40 SES volunteers and 15 search and rescue police would go over new ground today.

However, police would reassess the size of the search later today, the police spokesman said.

Mr Meyer was a highly experienced bushwalker who was known to go 'bush bashing' (hiking off set tracks), police said.

After more than 50mm of rain fell in the Melbourne region over the last two days and overnight temperatures dropped to just 5.5 degrees, hopes of finding Mr Meyer alive were fading. 

The search team have tramped through thick bush between 500 metres and 728 metres above sea level looking for Mr Meyer.

Relatives and friends of Mr Meyer have been at the search base every day since he was reported missing.

He was equipped with food, water, a mobile phone and GPS equipment when he set off.

Police have not received a signal from any of his devices.

Search for missing bushwalker scaled down

March 28, 2008 - 6:45PM - The Age
 

Police have scaled down a search for a Canadian bushwalker missing since Sunday in the Yarra Ranges National Park, east of Melbourne.

Warren Meyer, 57, from Beaumaris, was last seen at the Dom Dom Saddle car park in the region last Sunday morning.

A police spokeswoman said the number of searchers had been scaled down as hopes of finding the man alive faded.

Earlier today, 53 Country Fire Authority volunteers, 40 State Emergency Service members and 15 search and rescue police searched over new ground in a last ditch attempt to locate the bushwalker.

Mr Meyer was a highly experienced bushwalker but was known to go "bush bashing" - hiking off set tracks - police said.

More than 50mm of rain fell in the Melbourne region over the last two days and overnight temperatures dropped to just 5.5 degrees.

Searchers have tramped through thick bush between 500 metres and 728 metres above sea level looking for Mr Meyer.

Relatives and friends of the Canadian national have also been at the search base every day since he was reported missing.

He was equipped with food, water, a mobile phone and GPS equipment when he set off.

AAP

Police consider ending search for missing bushwalker

Posted Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:10pm AEDT

Police in Victoria will decide later today whether to continue the search for an experienced bushwalker missing since Easter Sunday.

57 year old Warren Meyer has not been seen since going for a hike near Mount Dom Dom in the Yarra Ranges National Park.

Inspector Andrew Humblefstone says rescuers will spend most of the day doing a line search in the bush.

"He's an experienced bushwalker so ordinarily he would have been found along the tracks," he said.

"He's obviously hurt himself somewhere off the track and that's why the line search has commenced."

Inspector Humblefstone says medical advice suggests Mr Meyer could still be alive.

"While... we're given that advice, we'll continue to search."

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=248153&cl=7149533&ch=885608&src=y7news

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Man sought as in baffling bush mystery

By Jeff Turnbull

March 29, 2008 02:06pm

Article from: AAP

 

POLICE have not ruled out foul play in the case of missing Melbourne bushwalker Warren Meyer and are seeking another man seen in the area where he disappeared last Sunday.

A six-day search of parts of the Yarra Ranges National Park east of Melbourne by around 100 police, State Emergency Service (SES) members and volunteers failed to find any clues to Canadian-born Mr Meyer's disappearance.

Police said today they were looking for a man in his mid to late 30s who was seen in the Dom Dom Saddle area of the park around the time Mr Meyer, 57, went missing.

Senior Detective Stuart Walls of the Alexandra Crime Investigation Unit, northeast of Melbourne, said today the man police wanted to speak to had approached campers and got a lift with them into nearby Warburton.

He said that parallel to the search, police had been conducting another investigation into the mystery but did not believe Mr Meyer, 57, of Beaumaris in bayside Melbourne, was deliberately involved in his own disappearance.

"We've looked at the family, at the structures and the possibility that Mr Meyer could have been involved in his own disappearance – all those sorts of things are always looked at," Sen Det Walls said.

"We're more than confident that it is nothing but a dedicated loving family group and that there are no external, emotional or health issues involved. "Mr Meyer, in our view, has not contributed in any way to his disappearance."

When asked if police suspected foul play, Sen Det Walls replied: "We haven't ruled anything out yet".

He said Mr Meyer was an experienced bushwalker in good physical condition and was equipped with a mobile phone and a GPS receiver.

"His disappearance is baffling – Warren had no reason to disappear," Sen Det Walls said.

"He had no money with him and he loved his family dearly – to not find anything, even his backpack, seems very strange."

Police are now focusing on other avenues and want to rule out people who were known to be in the area at the time.

"That's what has led us to make an appeal today regarding this particular man who we have identified was in the same vicinity as Mr Meyer and that there was a crossover," Sen Det Walls said.

"We're appealing to any campers who were in the area over the Easter break and who may have been approached by a male in his mid to late 30s and gave him a lift to the the Warburton area."

My Meyer's family has asked the media not to contact them saying a family spokesperson will contact the Victoria Police when they are prepared to speak within the next few days

Crime unit takes over bush mystery

March 29, 2008 10:03am

Article from: AAP

 

A CRIME investigation unit has taken over from search parties in Victoria to try to solve the disappearance of missing bushwalker Warren Meyer.

Up to 100 people, including police and SES volunteers, failed to find a trace of Canadian-born Mr Meyer who went missing last Sunday in the Yarra Ranges National Park, east of Melbourne.

Senior Detective Stuart Walls of the Alexandra Crime Investigation Unit said today police now had to look at other avenues of inquiry following the exhaustive search which failed to find the 57-year-old Beaumaris man.

“This man was an experienced bushwalker, he had a mobile phone, GPS, he was in good physical condition – his disappearance is baffling,” Sen Det Walls said.

“Warren had no reason to disappear, he had no money with him and he loved his family dearly.

“To not find anything, even his backpack, seems very strange.”

Senior Constable David Fitzgerald, who helped look for Mr Meyer during the week, said it seemed strange that with all the resources police poured into the search they failed to turn up anything.

“We're not saying he's been murdered or kidnapped, but that's the sort of thing we have to start working on,” Sen Constable Fitzgerald said.

“It seems strange he has disappeared – for all intents and purposes he has disappeared off the face of the earth.”

Detectives say they would like to speak to anyone who may have been camping in the Black Spur, Narbethong or Acheron Way area over the Easter break.

They would especially like to talk to a group of about eight men who were in four or five vehicles and who may have given a man aged in his late 30s a lift to the Warburton area.

Murder 'not ruled out' as searchers fail to find hiker

Mark Russell - The Age
March 30, 2008

 

POLICE fear a missing Melbourne bushwalker may have been murdered and are investigating the movements of a man they suspect could be involved.

Detectives called in to probe the disappearance of experienced bushwalker Warren Meyer in the Yarra Ranges revealed yesterday that a man in his late 30s had been in the area at the time and was a "person of interest".

Mr Meyer, 57, a Canadian national living in Beaumaris, was due to return from a 10-kilometre bushwalk in the Mount Dom Dom area at noon last Sunday but has not been seen since.

A massive search covering more than 100 kilometres of tracks and roads and more than five square kilometres of forest has failed to find any trace of the married father of two.

Mr Meyer, a consultant civil engineer, set out at 7.30am from the Dom Dom Saddle car park with food, water, a phone and GPS.

Police want to speak to a group of about eight people who were camping in the Black Spur, Narbethong or Acheron Way area over the Easter break and who might have given the suspect a lift to Warburton.

The man has been interviewed by police and admitted he had been in the area.

Police spokeswoman Creina O'Grady said the man claimed to have come across the group of campers on the day Mr Meyer disappeared and that they gave him a lift to Warburton. Detectives want to speak to the campers to check his story.

Sergeant O'Grady said detectives were keeping an open mind as to what happened to Mr Meyer. "You can't rule anything out. It's a mystery because if you had to hang up a poster of the ideal family man, loved by his wife, he would be the one," she said.

Detective Senior Constable Stuart Walls, of Alexandra CIU, said police were studying all other avenues of inquiry, including murder.

"This man was an experienced bushwalker, he had a mobile phone, GPS, he was in good physical condition … his disappearance is baffling," Senior Constable Walls said. "Warren had no reason to disappear, he had no money with him, and he loved his family dearly.

"To not find anything, even his backpack, is very strange."

Senior Constable David Fitzgerald, who helped search for Mr Meyer last week, said: "It seems strange he has disappeared; for all intents and purposes he has disappeared off the face of the earth."

Mr Meyer is an experienced bushwalker who had trekked in Nepal and walked the Kokoda Trail.

His wife, Zanette, and two children did not want to comment yesterday.

More than 100 people from Victoria Police, the State Emergency Service and the Bushwalkers Search and Rescue Association spent five days searching for Mr Meyer.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au.

A search that leads to suspicions

■March 23 — Experienced hiker Warren Meyer leaves the Dom Dom Saddle car park near Healesville at 7.30am to go for a 10-kilometre bushwalk. He is known to go "bush bashing" — hiking off set tracks — and is due to return at noon but disappears. Police are called in at 5.15pm.

■March 24 — Massive search is launched in rugged bushland.

■March 28 — Search is scaled down after 53 Country Fire Authority volunteers, 40 SES and 15 search and rescue police comb new ground in a last-ditch attempt to find Mr Meyer. More than 50 millimetres of rain had fallen in the area over the previous two days and overnight temperatures dropped to 5.5 degrees.

■March 29 — Police reveal detectives have been called in to investigate Mr Meyer's disappearance and are not ruling out foul play.

Hiker kill fear

Article from: Herald Sun

AAP

March 29, 2008 10:27am

THE wife of missing bushwalker Warren Meyer believes her husband may have been murdered. Police have admitted they haven't ruled out foul play in Mr Meyer's disappearance.

Mr Meyer hasn't been seen since he left for a 10km walk in the Yarra Ranges National Park on Easter Sunday.

He left from the Dom Dom Saddle carpark.

Police want to speak to a man in his early 30s who was seen in the area at the same time. They also want to speak to a group of about eight men who might have given that man a lift.

Mr Meyer's wife of 32 years, Zee Meyer, yesterday said she believed something sinister might have happened to her husband.

"I don't discount that there has been foul play," a grief-stricken Mrs Meyer said.

"He would not have gone off the tracks.

"Warren had summer shorts on and he hated getting his legs scratched or having to deal with leeches.

"If he was going to go off the tracks then he wouldn't have dressed that way.

"(And) if he had trouble, fallen over, broken his leg or had a heart attack, there would have been evidence of that. He was so experienced (at bushwalking) he would have scrambled to give some indication for rescuers."

Mrs Meyer, who met her husband in 1976 -- trekking from Kathmandu to London -- slept in the national park car park for three nights waiting for him.

Yesterday she admitted she feared the father of two was dead.

"I can tell he is not alive and I am at peace with that," she said.

"The third or fourth night was so cold -- I wouldn't have really wanted him to hang on through that.

"All I want now is for them to find his body.

"I won't find closure until they find him."

A six-day search of parts of the national park east of Melbourne by about 100 police, State Emergency Service members and volunteers failed to find any clues to Canadian-born Mr Meyer's disappearance.

"It's mysterious, we can't discount anything at this point," Det Stuart Walls of the Alexandra Crime Investigation Unit said.

"His disappearance is baffling - Warren had no reason to disappear.
 

Hitchhiker may hold clue to missing bushwalker

Posted Sat Mar 29, 2008 8:00pm AEDT
Updated Sun Mar 30, 2008 1:29pm AEDT - ABC

Police in Victoria have spoken to a hitch hiker, who spent two nights in the Yarra Ranges National Park around the time a Melbourne man disappeared.

They say he may have been one of the last people to see missing bushwalker Warren Meyer.

There has been no trace of the 57-year-old from Beaumaris and the search has been scaled back.

Senior Detective Stuart Walls says it is believed a man aged in his mid to late thirties was given a lift to the Warburton area.

"I'm appealing to a group of campers that may have been around the Acheron Way area and may have been approached by a male person, possibly on Easter Sunday, who's come out of the bush," he said.

"He would be a male aged in his mid to late thirties."

Police have not ruled out foul play in Mr Meyer's disappearance

Search for bushwalker Warren Meyer cut back

Article from: Herald Sun

March 31, 2008 12:00am

POLICE have scaled down a search for a bushwalker missing and feared dead in Yarra Ranges National Park.

Warren Meyer, 57, disappeared after leaving on a 10km bushwalk on Easter Sunday.

Police could find no trace of Mr Meyer despite an expansive five-day search of dense bushland in Melbourne's outer east.

The search had been scaled down and local police were patrolling the area around Mt Dom Dom, where Mr Meyer was last seen.

Police hold little hope of finding Mr Meyer alive and have not ruled out foul play.

Foul play feared



By Melissa Meehan

1st April 2008 02:00:54 AM

POLICE are keeping an open mind on the possibility that missing bushwalker Warren Meyer has run into foul play.

The 57-year-old father of two was last seen leaving the Dom Dom Saddle car park on the Black Spur for a 10 kilometre bushwalk on Easter Sunday.

The search for the missing and now feared dead Beaumaris man was officially suspended on Friday afternoon.

The six day search of the National Park by more than 100 police, State Emergency Services (SES) members and volunteers failed to find any clues to his whereabouts.

The case was then handed over to the police Alexandra Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU).

Senior Detective Stuart Walls of the Alexandra CIU said that parallel to the search police had been conducting another investigation into the missing man, but did not believe Mr Meyer was involved in his own disappearance.

“We’ve looked at the family, at the structures and the possibility that Mr Meyer could have been involved in his own disappearance - all those sorts of things are always looked at,” Sen Det Walls said.

Police are now focusing on other avenues and want to rule out people who were known to be in the Mount Dom Dom area at the time.

When asked if police suspected foul play, Sen Det Walls said police had not ruled anything out.

He said to not find a backpack or any other item belonging to Mr Meyer seemed very strange.

“We have never eliminated that Mr Meyer may have run into foul play.

“We have found no body, have no witnesses so we have to keep an open mind,” Sen Det Walls said.

“His disappearance is baffling.”

Over the weekend police identified and located a man in his mid to late 30s who was seen at the Dom Dom Saddle Area of the park around the time Mr Meyer went missing.

Police say that the man approached campers and got a lift with them into Warburton.

Sen Det Walls said the man was still a person of interest to police.

Relatives and friends of Mr Meyer’s, a Canadian national, were at the search base every day of the search.

Sen Det Walls said that Mr Meyer’s family were obviously extremely distressed.

“They are accepting of what has transpired, in the sense that everything that could be done has been done,” Sen Det Walls said.

Healesville SES Controller and SES Commander of the search Karen Picone said volunteers from all over the state joined in the search for Mr Meyer.

SES members from Healesville, Marysville and Alexandra were at Mt Dom Dom every day during the search.

“Volunteers took part in the search in very difficult conditions.

“There was extremely difficult terrain as well as cold winds, rain and even hail on one day,” Ms Picone said.

Police are seeking assistance from members of the public regarding information relating to the movement of any person in the Mt Dom Dom region during the Easter weekend.

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Warren Meyer is asked to contact Alexandra police on 5772 1040 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
 

Search continues for missing hiker - Mt Dom Dom

Release date: Wed 2 April 2008

Investigations are continuing regarding missing hiker Warren Meyer.

Beaumaris man Mr Meyer has not been seen since he went hiking in the Mount Dom Dom area on Sunday 24 March 2008.

It is believed he left the Mount Dom Dom carpark about 7.30am.

Police would like to speak to anyone who was at the carpark on that day.

Police urge anyone who was at the carpark during any part of the day to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Search widens for missing man

Gary Tippet and Mark Russell - The Age
April 6, 2008

 

A NEW search will begin today for bushwalker Warren Meyer, missing in the Yarra Ranges National Park since Easter Sunday.

Police search-and-rescue officers and volunteers will comb a previously unsearched area of dense bushland next to the area around Mt Dom Dom, in Melbourne's outer-east, where Mr Meyer, 57, was last seen.

The renewed search comes as the homicide squad reveals it has cleared a man questioned last week after suggestions that Mr Meyer may have been murdered. Suspicions had been raised after a man in his early 30s was seen in the area around the same time.

A police spokesman said the man had come forward, as had a group of other men who had given him a lift, and he had been eliminated from the investigation. He said the man was simply another tourist to the park.

Inspector Phil Shepherd said this week: "We have found absolutely nothing to suggest foul play at this stage."

He said police were "absolutely mystified" by Canadian-born engineer Mr Meyer's disappearance. More than 100 police, State Emergency Service members and volunteers spent six days searching the national park but failed to find any clues.

Mr Meyer's wife, Zee, said she and her family were going through "a living hell" not knowing what had happened — and clairvoyants were not helping.

"Police have been inundated with so many false leads from clairvoyants, to sightings that go nowhere, and they have to chase every useless lead," Mrs Meyer said.

She said her family was having a difficult time coping with the situation because Mr Meyer was "a loving husband and father and this is an unbearable loss to us all". She believes her husband is dead.

Inspector Shepherd said Mr Meyer was a fastidious bushwalker who left nothing behind when he trekked.

"In one sense that hasn't helped him or us either because he's left no trace of where, and if, he might have left the track," he said.

Canadian trekker missing in Australia, feared murdered

Tiffany Crawford, Canwest News Service

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2008

As Australian authorities investigate how an experienced Canadian hiker could vanish while on a 10-kilometre trek last month, family members from Calgary have flown to Melbourne to attend a memorial for the man they fear may have been murdered.

Warren Meyer, 57, of Calgary, had been living in the small town of Beaumaris, about 22 kilometres south of Melbourne, with his Australian wife of 32 years, Zee Meyer. The civil engineer and father of two went for a hike on Easter Sunday in the rugged bushland in the Mount Dom Dom area near the family home, and hasn't been seen since.

Meyer's two sisters have travelled to Beaumaris, said Laurel Leversage, one of Meyer's cousins, who lives in Ladner, B.C., a suburb of Vancouver. Meyer's parents live in Calgary but are unable to attend the memorial.

"His mother isn't well and can't travel," said Leversage. "It's very, very sad."

Leversage described her cousin as a graduate of the University of Calgary who, like his wife, loved the outdoors. She recalled one visit to Canada when the pair spent a lot of time in the wilderness.

"He made a journal of all the trees and seeds and leaves," she said. "He was a great athlete and he just loved trees and hiking."

The family believes Meyer may have been shot accidentally by a deer hunter and his death covered up.

Australian police said that when Meyer left the house early on March 23, he had with him a cellphone, a GPS device and everything he needed to go "bush-bashing," or hiking off the track into the woods.

"His disappearance is baffling," said Senior Const. Stuart Walls with the Alexandra police detachment in Australia. Police at one point investigated whether Meyer was involved in his own disappearance, but have since ruled out the possibility.

"He had no reason to leave. He had a happy home and he is financially solid so there is nothing there."

Walls said, however, that police are not ruling out foul play.

"There is a bit of noise right now about whether it was a stray bullet (from a hunter) but it's all speculation at this point," he said, adding: "The family is distraught and because they don't have a body they come to all sorts of conclusions."

Police have interviewed one person of interest but have made no arrests.

Meyer's disappearance launched a massive air and ground search effort. For a week, more than 100 volunteers and search-and-rescue teams combed the densely wooded area.

"It's very strange not to find a backpack or any other sign of him," said Walls. He also noted that Meyer was an accomplished mountaineer who had been on treks around the world, including one in Nepal.

The family will hold a memorial ceremony on Thursday on the beach near their Beaumaris home. 

Wed, April 23, 2008
 

As they begin to let go of hope he will ever be found alive, Warren Meyer's family just wants to know what happened

UPDATED: 2008-04-23 01:13:31 MST

By MICHAEL PLATT - Calgary Sun

 

Warren Meyer's family is torn -- do they say goodbye, or cling to the hope a former Calgarian, lost one month in the Australian bush, will turn up alive?

Laurel Leversage, Warren Meyer's first cousin, says the family is deferring to the wishes of Warren's wife of 32 years, Zee Meyer, who believes the outdoor adventurer is gone for good.

"Zee feels he isn't alive and she wanted to do something for him," said Leversage, who lives in Vancouver.

Today -- Thursday in Australia -- Meyer's wife, son and daughter will join two sisters from Calgary at a beachside memorial service for the 57-year-old civil engineer, who vanished Easter Sunday while on a 10-km hike in the thick bush around Mount Dom Dom, near Melbourne.

On March 23, Meyer, who grew up in the Calgary community of Forest Lawn, left for a short early-morning hike through the jungle-like terrain around Mount Dom Dom, carrying food and water, a cellphone and a global position device.
 

When he failed to come back, Zee -- who met her husband when he was backpacking from Kathmandu to London -- drove to the area and held a three-day vigil in a parking lot, while dozens of search-and-rescue rangers scoured the countryside.

They failed to find any trace of Meyer.

In the weeks that have followed, Leversage said family back in Canada -- including his elderly parents in Calgary -- have waited desperately for any word on Meyer, first with the hope he may turn up alive and, more recently, in the desire to at least find out what happened to him.

"It is the hardest part, wondering," she said.

"Your imagination goes crazy and it doesn't seem to end -- every time a missing person case comes up, you think of him."

If it was just a simple missing person case, it might be easier for the family to bare.

But the Australian media has been rife with suggestions of foul play and intrigue, making any attempt to grieve all the more difficult.

Zee has told Australian reporters she fears her husband may have been accidentally killed by deer hunters in the Yarra Ranges National Park, who then covered up the death and fled the scene.

She's apparently based this belief on witness reports of gunfire in the area on the day her husband vanished -- and an accidental killing around Mount Dom Dom isn't without precedent.

Two other hikers have been shot by mistake in the same area within the last decade. Police say it's something they're not ruling out -- though they told reporters they're not ruling out anything.

"Until we have a body, we don't know how he died so we can't eliminate anything," one senior constable said.

Police interviewed "a person of interest" who was in the area at the time, but the man in his late 30s was released without charge and detectives later said he was just a tourist.

Australian newspaper The Sunday Age added fuel to the fire of intrigue when it revealed Meyer had declared bankruptcy, owing more than $2.3 million a decade ago, but police quickly ruled out any motive for a faked disappearance.

In Vancouver, Leversage says she hates to hear any suggestion her cousin was a victim of anything but a sad accident.

"Things like that are such a waste of time and they take away from the real issue, which is finding him -- as far as I'm concerned, he was the most perfect guy you could ever imagine," she said.

Rather than the stray bullets of clumsy hunters, Leversage said she imagines her cousin probably slipped and fell and was too injured to carry on.

"He was probably hurt and just couldn't get out."

Back in Calgary, Meyer's octogenarian parents are refusing to give up hope their boy is still alive.

"We hope it turns out well -- we don't want to say otherwise," said Glen Meyer, Warren's dad.

Glen said his son, whose children are now in their 20s, is a wonderful father and a good guy.

"He's a great father and an outstanding person," he said.


 

Ex-city man vanishes Down Under

Gwendolyn Richards, Calgary Herald

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The family of a former Calgary man who disappeared while hiking near his home in Australia is preparing today for a memorial service.

Warren Meyer, 57, went hiking March 30 in the Mount Dom Dom area near Beaumaris -- about 20 kilometres southeast of Melbourne -- where he lived with his wife and children.

He went out for some exercise, packing a cellphone, lunch and GPS equipment and had planned to return at lunch time.

"And then he just didn't come back," said Meyer's cousin, Laurel Leversage, from her home in Ladner, B.C.

At the height of the search for Meyer, more than 100 police officers and members of the Bushwalkers Search and Rescue Association, along with police horses, a dog and other volunteers, scoured the area.

No trace of the father of two was found.

"There's just been nothing. It is very strange," Leversage said.

Meyer was an experienced hiker who loved the outdoors, she added.

"There's no reason for him to have disappeared."

Meyer's Australian wife of 32 years, Zee, has said she fears Meyer was accidentally killed by a deer hunter and the shooting was covered up, Australian media has reported.

The man's two sisters have travelled from Alberta to attend a memorial service in Beaumaris.

His parents, who are in their late-80s, are too frail to make the trip, Leversage said.

Meyer grew up in Forest Lawn and attended the University of Calgary, where he studied engineering.

Relatives here have been keeping on top of the news via the Internet, but there are few answers to be found.

"It's very sad because there's just no closure with it," Leversage said.

Instead, the family will move ahead with a memorial service to mark the life of the "wonderful husband and a great dad."

"Zee just wanted to do that. You have to do something."

"It's just an unsolved mystery at this stage," Victoria police Senior Const. Karla Dennis said.

Deer hunters may have killed hiker

Mark Russell - The Age
April 20, 2008
 

THE wife of missing hiker Warren Meyer fears he may have been accidentally shot by a deer hunter in the Yarra Ranges National Park and his death covered up.

Zee Meyer said local residents had told her deer hunters were active in the remote bushland where her husband disappeared a month ago and there was evidence shots had been fired in the national park on the Easter weekend when her husband vanished.

Alexandra CIU Detective Senior Constable Stuart Walls said the deer hunter theory was a possibility.

"Until we have a body, we don't know how he died so we can't eliminate anything," Senior Constable Walls said.

"We all know a stray bullet has killed people when they've been in the bush. It is an area that is popular with hunters and certainly locals have mentioned that on the previous day there had been larger than normal gunfire in the area … (But) if it did happen, you would expect there would be some sign and that's the baffling thing, there's just nothing."

Two people have been accidentally shot dead by deer hunters in Victoria in the past decade. Gary Paterson, 20, was killed when walking his dog in the Yarra State forest, at East Warburton, in February 1999, and a 74-year-old deer hunter died near Bairnsdale in August 2003.

There are more than 14,000 licensed deer hunters in Victoria and the hunting season for sambar deer is all year.

Mrs Meyer, of Beaumaris, says she has spent many sleepless nights trying to work out her husband's fate.

On March 23, Mr Meyer, 57, set out for an early morning bushwalk at Mount Dom Dom in Melbourne's outer-east, with food, water, a phone and a GPS. He planned to walk from Dom Dom Saddle for five kilometres towards Fernshaw on Morleys Track then back again but the father of two did not return.

An exhaustive search covering 100 kilometres of tracks and roads and more than five square kilometres of forest failed to find any trace of him. More searches during the past fortnight have not turned up any clues.

Inquiries by The Sunday Age have revealed that the Canadian-born Mr Meyer was a former bankrupt who owed more than $2.3 million a decade ago. He had just $50 in the bank when he filed for bankruptcy in 1997. Documents reveal Mr Meyer owed the bulk of the money to the failed Pyramid Building Society.

But Mrs Meyer said the family had since turned their finances around and now ran a successful engineering consultancy firm in Elwood. She said the couple's relationship had been happy.

Senior Constable Walls said police found nothing in Mr Meyer's background to imply he would fake his disappearance.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au