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Drones deployed in search for missing man, Wesley Lockyer

Police, SES and rangers are continuing to search for a 29-year-old man who has been missing from a community north of Port Hedland for almost two weeks.

Wesley Lockyer was last seen leaving the Jinparinya Aboriginal Community, about 30 kilometres from Port Hedland, on October 24 at about 6am.

Police are currently searching an area of 150 square kilometres in a 3 kilometre radius from the Jinparinya Aboriginal Community with the help of 20 local rangers and SES members.

Camera IconMembers of the search party looking for Wesley Lockyer Credit: Supplied/Police/Police

Police have mobilised six vehicles, a drone, helicopter and a mobile police facility to assist in the search.

A statement by Police media said the search would continue tomorrow.

South Hedland Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Gordon Armstrong said there were concerns for Mr Lockyer’s welfare.

“He was last seen at the community and hasn’t been seen since. So he was spoken to at six o’clock in the morning hasn’t been seen since,” he said.

“There was obviously a delay in the field we realising, they thought he was somewhere else and then once they’ve got together they realised that he is not where he should be and notified us.

“He’s an avid social media user, none of that’s been touched. He hasn’t been in contact with family or friends which is very unusual. And obviously being away not being in contact with family for this length of time is very concerning.”

He urged community members to come forward with any information they might have.

“just contact local police or Crimestoppers and just relay any information to us and we’ll follow up on any information we receive,” he said.

Mr Lockyer is described as being 182cm tall, of solid build, clean shaven with black hair in a mullet style.

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