Zedric Basil WOOLLEY

Missing Tasmanian man Zedric Woolley                                     

Photo: Zedric Woolley with the cap he was wearing when he disappeared. (Tasmania Police)



Renewed concern for missing person - Zedric Woolley

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 - 3:51pm - Tasmania Police

Police have concerns for the welfare of Zedric Basil Woolley (81 years old). He was last seen driving his 2011 blue Hyundai Reg No: C62FV on the Plenty Link Road heading towards New Norfolk on Saturday 7th April 2012.

Police have conducted searches by helicopter and 4WD of this area on 10th April 2012 without success.

The vehicle Zedric was driving, has black roof racks and cushions on the rear parcel shelf.

Zedric has grey short hair that is thinning on the top and is believed to be wearing a brown/rusty coloured jumper, grey trousers and a chequered baseball cap. 


Police search rivers for missing 81yo

Updated April 13, 2012 09:17:40 - ABC

Police have been searching rivers and roads in Tasmania's south as fears grow for the welfare of an elderly man missing since the weekend.

The family of Zedric Basil Woolley is appealing for information from the public.

The 81-year-old widower has been missing since Saturday.

Family members say he was last seen by a friend outside a Huonville supermarket about 4:30pm.

Police have now ruled out later sightings at a local bakery and in the Derwent Valley.

An air and water search along the Huon River has failed to uncover any sign of Mr Woolley or his car.

His children say the disappearance is totally out of character for their routine-driven father.

They have asked people to report any sightings of Mr Woolley's bright blue Hyundai hatchback which has roof racks, a pin-stripe and pillows and a toy dog in the back window.

Family fears for lost dad

   ZARA DAWTREY   |   April 14, 2012 12.01am - The Mercury

POLICE are appealing for public assistance to find an elderly Huon man, missing for a week.

Zedric Basil Woolley, 81, disappeared from his unit some time between last Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

His family is now desperate, with son Lyndon Woolley telling the Mercury he and his four siblings were "barely hanging in there" as they helped police search for their much-loved father.

Mr Woolley was last seen by his daughter, who met him for lunch at Banjos in Huonville at noon last Saturday.

Family members raised the alarm when they were unable to contact him as planned on Sunday.

Police now hold grave fears for his wellbeing and say given his good physical and mental health his disappearance is a baffling mystery.

The police rescue helicopter has taken to the air twice, most recently on Thursday, to try to spot the man's blue 2011 Hyundai i30 - registration C62FV - after a report it had been seen on the Plenty link road heading towards New Norfolk last Saturday.

"Unfortunately there is still no sign of Mr Woolley or his vehicle and we are obviously very concerned given the lapse in time," officer leading the investigation, Acting Sergeant Tim Etheridge, said yesterday.

"His family is extremely worried and we are appealing for people to think hard as to whether they may have seen a gentleman matching Mr Woolley's description, or seen his vehicle, and to contact police with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem," Sgt Etheridge said.

Mr Woolley is believed to have been wearing a brown, rusty-coloured jumper, grey trousers, and a checkered baseball cap.

 "We are just hoping that someone remembers something, or may have seen something that will help us find Dad," Lyndon Woolley said.


Family vows to keep looking

   ZARA DAWTREY   |   April 16, 2012 12.01am - The Mercury

A MISSING Franklin man's desperate children say they will keep searching dense bushland until they find him regardless of how long it may take.

Zedric Woolley, 81, disappeared eight days ago after having lunch with his daughter at the Huonville Banjo's bakery.

Family members located his vehicle off a deserted forestry track at Glen Huon.

"We won't stop until we find him," Mr Woolley's son Lyndon said yesterday as close to 50 people including police and State Emergency Service members combed the surrounding bushland.

"It's very, very hard to lose someone in these circumstances," Acting Sergeant Tim Etheridge said yesterday.

"If it was my father, I know how I'd feel we're doing everything we can to find Mr Woolley for his family's sake."

The Huon resident was physically and mentally fit when he disappeared, with family and police at a loss to explain why his vehicle was found bogged at the end of a deserted bush track.

"The only possible explanation is that he was going for a drive on his way back to Franklin. He liked to have a look at things and see what was going on and his vehicle's become bogged and he's unsuccessfully tried to walk his way out," Sgt Etheridge said.

Mr Woolley did not have a mobile phone, and his car and its contents now at the Huonville police station have provided no clues as to his fate.

"We haven't stopped since we realised he was missing last Sunday, after we found he hadn't taken his medication that day and there was no sign of him," his son Lyndon said. "It's a nightmare and we're struggling to get through this."

The family and police and a search and rescue helicopter were joined by dozens of locals in the search in miserable conditions.

"You can never lose hope, but it's been eight days now and, given the area and Mr Woolley's age, obviously our concerns for his wellbeing have become extremely grave," Sgt Etheridge said.

Mr Woolley has grey, thinning hair, a slim build and was wearing a checkered cap at the time of his disappearance. Any information should be provided to police on 131 444.


Missing man's car found

Updated April 16, 2012 09:17:44 - ABC

The car of an elderly man missing in Tasmania's south has been found bogged in rough terrain near Glen Huon.

Tasmanian police said it was unlikely they would find Zedric Woolley, 81, alive.

Mr Woolley was last seen in Huonville a week ago.

Acting Sergeant Tim Etheridge said 50 people and the rescue helicopter were searching the area.

"The helicopter's been used to identify areas of interest and search patterns will develop from that information," Sergeant Etheridge said.

"The way that I'm talking to the family at the moment and their realisation is that we're likely to have moved into the recovery phase now."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Hopes fade for missing man

Updated April 17, 2012 08:39:10  - ABC

A scaled down search for missing man Zedric Woolley will resume today but police concede he is unlikely to be alive.

More than 30 people spent yesterday scouring walking tracks around the Franklin area.

The 81-year-old's car was found bogged in rugged terrain at the weekend.

Police say they found footprints in dense bushland at Glen Huon they believe belong to Mr Woolley.

Senior Constable Tim Etheridge says searchers do not have many more options.

"Given that Mr Woolley came from the Franklin area we have pieced together a likely series of tracks he may have been on which have been checked previously, I might add."

"But we'll go through them again and see if we can locate anything of interest once more," he said.

Senior Constable Tim Etheridge says it is unlikely Mr Woolley is still alive.

"That's based upon a lot of information from research and the doctor that we've consulted with a national authority in relation to search and rescue, and so as a result of that we've indicated that we've now moved into a recovery phase."


Police suspend search for missing man

Updated April 18, 2012 10:23:49 - ABC

Tasmanian police have suspended a search for missing southern Tasmanian man Zedric Woolley, pending a review by senior officers.

Last Saturday, the 81-year-old's car was found on a service road in the Glen Huon area, south of Hobart, a week after he was reported missing.

Senior Constable Tim Etheridge says search teams have scoured an area around Franklin and Glen Huon more than than once.

Police commissioners will decide the next move.

He says Mr Woolley's family is exhausted and concedes there is no chance of finding him alive.

"As you can well imagine and they're looking for some sort of closure.

Mr Woolley's family is expected to return to the area today.