William "John" TORRENS

 

MISSING: William "John" Torrens.  MISSING: Police have released this CCTV image of William 'John' Torrens wearing the clothing he is believed to be last wearing â?? a green short sleeve shirt, navy blue shorts, brown shoes with black socks and carrying a plastic bag.

Police have released this CCTV image of William 'John' Torrens wearing the clothing he is believed to be last wearing – a green short sleeve shirt, navy blue shorts, brown shoes with black socks and carrying a plastic bag.

William is a shorter man, with glasses and a shuffle in his walk.

 William is a shorter man, with glasses and a shuffle in his walk.

 

William ‘Torro’ Torrens still missing after six days

 

JANUARY 11, 2018  -  DELUXE CAFELOCAL NEWS/WHAT'S ON

AS the search for missing Fairview Retirement Village resident William Torrens heads towards its seventh day, his daughter, Renae Thornton, says her family is “hanging on to hope tightly” that the 73-year-old retired boilermaker is found safely.

Mr Torrens, better-known as ‘Torro’, walked out of the nursing home at 9.20am on Friday, January 5.

Mr Torrens, short and stocky in stature with a shuffle in his walk, has been a resident since August last year.

Mrs Thornton said her father’s stay at Fairview was expected to be short-term, with plans to relocate him to Deepwater, a small village 40km north of Glen Innes.

She said a development application to erect a dwelling on her Deepwater property for her father had been passed by Glen Innes Severn Council the same day he disappeared.

“Dad gave me his budgie ‘Georgie’ to look after for him when he came and stayed for three days over Christmas because he knew – and was happy – that he would be getting out (of Fairview) soon,” Mrs Thornton said.

There has been one sighting of Mr Torrens since his disappearance however this has led to no new developments.

Mr Torrens was spotted at around 1am Sunday morning (January 7) walking along Gosport Street in East Moree near the Newell Highway bypass, heading north.

Police viewed extensive CCTV footage from the area, but obtained no new leads.

It is believed that Mr Torrens may be attempting to get to either Collarenenbri to the west or east to Deepwater.

Mr Torrens suffers mild dementia, diabetes and heart problems and has not had access to regular medication since his disappearance.

It is also feared that extreme weather conditions will be harmful to Mr Torrens’ health and wellbeing, with temperatures over the next few days expected to exceed 40 degrees.

Thunderstorms for much of the north-west and New England regions, particularly across Deepwater and Glen Innes, are also forecast.

“We urge anyone that might be able to assist in any way or if they think they have seen dad somewhere to please contact the police,” Mrs Thornton said.

Barwon Local Area Command urges anyone that may have seen Mr Torrens since Friday morning or may know of his whereabouts to contact Moree Police Station immediately on (02) 6757 0799.

 

 

Police appeal for information on missing Moree man, William "John" Torrens

UPDATE: Barwon Local Area Command has released a CCTV image of missing Moree man William ‘John’ Torrens as the search for the 73-year-old continues a week after he first disappeared.
 

Mr Torrens, who answers to ‘John’ or ‘Torro’, went missing from Moree’s Fairview Retirement Village at about 9.20am on Friday, January 5. 
 

Barwon police have conducted extensive land, air and water searches in and around Moree utilising the Police Dog Unit, Police Rescue Drone, Barwon Trailbikes, SES Boat and Beats Police to try and locate Mr Torrens.
 

On Friday, January 12 – a week after Mr Torrens was last seen – Barwon LAC Inspector Martin Burke said local police have also been liaising with police across New South Wales and Queensland in regards to possible sightings of Mr Torrens.

“Police have received a number of enquiries from members of the public, or a number of possible sightings in regards to Mr Torrens,” Insp. Burke said. 
 

“We do have an ongoing connection with Mr Torrens’ family who are being updated on sightings.

“We investigate all sightings whether they be local, in NSW, or interstate, we’re arranging for local police in those areas to follow up those leads.

“Unfortunately none of those leads have led to finding Mr Torrens.

“We continue to appeal to the community if they have any information to call Moree police or CrimeStoppers.”

Police have released the above CCTV image of Mr Torrens, where he can be seen wearing the clothing he is believed to be last wearing – a green short sleeve shirt, navy blue shorts, brown shoes with black socks and carrying a plastic bag. 

Insp. Burke said if anyone sees Mr Torrens to contact police as soon as they can to report the location.
 

“Mr Torrens does suffer from a medical condition and that he may appear to be confused or something like that, that it’s not anything for the community to be alarmed with,” he said. 
 

“He goes by the name ‘John’ or ‘Torro’ and will respond to that, so we just say that if anyone sights him just to contact police immediately and then we can get police there.”

Insp. Burke said the police’s primary focus is to find Mr Torrens safe and well.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Mr Torrens please contact Moree Police Station on (02) 6757 0799.

 

EARLIER: Police from Barwon Local Area Command are still appealing for information from the public in regards to the disappearance of Moree man William ‘John’ Torrens.

As of Thursday afternoon there were still no updates on Mr Torrens’ whereabouts.

Barwon LAC Inspector Martin Burke said police have been conducting an extensive search.

“We’ve used a range of different resources and have had assistance from the SES with boats, police rescue with a drone, we’ve used trail bikes,” he said.
 

“We’re in constant contact with the family.”

Insp. Burke said while there have been reported sightings, none have led to finding Mr Torrens.

“We follow up on every potential sighting but none have located him unfortunately,” he said. 
 

“Some were a case of mistaken identity. With every sighting we get we conduct a thorough investigation of that area.”

Mr Torrens, who answers to ‘John’ or ‘Torro’, has diabetes, dementia and a heart problem and with every day that passes and he isn’t found, Insp. Burke said there is great concern about whether he has access to his medication, food, water and shelter.
 

Anyone who may have seen Mr Torrens or has any information on his whereabouts should contact Moree Police Station on 6757 0799 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

WEDNESDAY: Concern for William ‘John’ Torrens intensifies across the region as the search for the missing 73-year-old continues into the sixth day.

 
 

As of Wednesday afternoon (January 10), there were no updates into the disappearance of Mr Torrens, who answers to ‘Torro’.

Enduring guardian Toni McCarthy said police had received a couple of sighting calls and were in the process of collecting CCTV footage from the location.

“If anyone out there is looking after him and may be too scared to come forward, please don’t worry there are no charges to be laid and nothing pending.

“You will not be in trouble for looking after Torro and all you have to do is call the police,” she said.
 

Mr Torrens has diabetes, dementia and a heart problem, so he may seem disorientated or drunk as a result of not taking his medication.
 

“Torro it's okay to get a taxi and we have two cartons waiting for you.
 

“Come home to Colly mate.”

Anyone who may have seen Mr Torrens or has any information on his whereabouts should contact Moree Police Station on 6757 0799.
 

TUESDAY AFTERNOON: The search for William Torrens continues into day five across the Moree Plains this morning.

His daughter, Renae Thornton, has pleaded to the wider community to ‘keep an eye out’ for her father.

“He is a true Aussie, he loves a beer. I really just hope he is spotted in a pub, club or caravan park with a bar. 
 

“He used to take me to the Tamworth Country Music Festival all the time so he might be trying to head there.

“He loves country music, he has a little shuffle in his walk and he wears glasses.”

Barwon Local Area Command have been conducting extensive searches of the immediate area and urge anyone in the region who may have information to contact the station on 6757 0799.
 

As for Ms Thornton, her only word to describe her current state was “lost”.
 

“I’m confused, disorientated, heart broken, devastated; all I want is for my Dad to be found,” she said.
 

TUESDAY MORNING: Family and friends of William ‘John’ Torrens are extremely worried for his health as day five since his disappearance begins.

According to enduring guardian Toni McCarthy, William also known as Torro, walked out of Fairview around 9.20am on Friday and simply did not return.

“I received a call just after 4pm from staff asking if he was with me because he hadn’t returned for his two afternoon beers,” she said.

Police were contacted and a missing persons alert was issued. Ms McCarthy said Mr Torrens takes up to 10 different tablets per day for his medical conditions.

“He has diabetes, dementia and a heart problem. If someone was to come across him, he would seem disorientated or maybe drunk.

“If you do see him, just say ‘Torro, sit down. I’ll call you an ambulance’ and he will. John is not aggressive so don’t be scared of him,” she said.

Ms McCarthy commended local police for their swift action and search efforts so far.

“We really need to spread the word, he could even be in Brisbane,” she said

MONDAY: A Moree man remains missing since Friday. 
 

Police are calling on the community to help locate William "John" Torrens. 
 

He was last seen about 9.20am on Friday at a Moree nursing home. 
 

He may frequented the Collarenebri, Moree or Deepwater areas. 
 

He was last seen wearing a green short-sleeved shirt, navy blue shorts, brown shoes with black socks and carrying a plastic bag. 
 

Mr Torrens goes by the names of John or Torro. 

Anyone with information should contact Moree police station (02) 6757 0799.

FRIDAY: POLICE are urging anyone with information on a missing Moree man to come forward. 

William John Torrens, known as Toro, has been missing since Friday morning.

He has a heart condition and is a diabetic. 

His enduring guardian told The Moree Champion that he may appear drunk or disoriented, so call an ambulance if you see him.
 

Anyone who may have seen Mr Torrens or has any information on his whereabouts should contact Moree police station on 6757 0799.

Search for missing Moree man William 'John' Torrens continues

The family of missing Moree man William ‘John’ Torrens are holding onto hope that he will be found safe and well, despite it being nearly three weeks since the 73-year-old disappeared.

There have been no new updates on the whereabouts of Mr Torrens, who was last seen leaving Fairview Retirement Village at about 9.20am on Friday, January 5. 

It has now been 19 days – nearly three weeks – since Mr Torrens, who answers to ‘John’ or ‘Torro’, went missing and his enduring guardian Toni McCarthy said she “wouldn’t like to think” about what has happened to him.
 

“We just don’t know, it’s just a big mystery,” she said.

Ms McCarthy has collected Mr Torrens’ clothing and belongings from Fairview which she said was “very hard”.

“It’s extremely hard for his daughter and son-in-law and grandkids,” she said.
 

“I asked his daughter what she wanted me to do with his clothes and she said she’d hold onto them for when he’s found.”

Ms McCarthy has been ringing Moree Police Station “every day or so” but there has been no news.

Anyone who may have seen Mr Torrens or has any information on his whereabouts should contact Moree Police Station on 6757 0799.

 

Police continue to appeal for information on disappearance of Moree man William 'John' Torrens who has been missing for three months

APRIL 9 2018 - 11:06AM Moree Champion - Sophie Harris

More than three months on since William ‘John’ Torrens went missing and police are no closer to finding the 73-year-old Moree man.

The last piece of information police received in relation to Mr Torrens’ disappearance was a reported potential sighting in Inverell on March 7.

Up until then, there had been possible sightings reported in Moree, Tamworth, Gunnedah, parts of South East Queensland, and the North Coast of NSW between Newcastle and the Queensland border.
 

Moree officer-in-charge, Inspector Martin Burke said police are still following up on any leads they receive from the community both in Moree and beyond.

“There’s not a great deal more we can do,” he said.

 

“We’re working with the missing persons unit which is vigilant around any transactions that may occur, medically or financially.

“We’re still following up on leads from the community but unfortunately, at this stage it looks like there hasn’t been anything for some time.”

Mr Torrens, who answers to ‘John’ or ‘Torro’, went missing from Moree’s Fairview Retirement Village at about 9.20am on Friday, January 5. 
 

Police have since conducted extensive land, air and water searches in and around Moree and have been liaising with police across NSW and Queensland.
 

Inspector Burke said police haven’t given up.

“We’re still speaking with Fairview and we’ll get to a stage where we’ll do a review of the investigation and sightings and will work with the family,” he said.

“We’re not ruling anything out.”

If you have any information in relation to Mr Torrens’ disappearance, call Moree Police Station on 6757 0799 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ 

Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence. People are reminded they should not report crime information via police’s Facebook and Twitter pages.