Missing Woonona man’s car found in bushland

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Missing: Ron Quirk

POLICE are appealing for public assistance to find missing Woonona man, Ronald Quirk.

Mr Quirk, aged 52, was last seen by a family member leaving a home on Cotterill Avenue, Woonona, in a blue sedan, about 4pm last Thursday (March 14 2019).

Wollongong police were notified the same day and commenced an investigation. Mr Quirk is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 170cm tall, of a large build, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Following inquiries, about 8.10am yesterday (Tuesday), the blue sedan was found on a trail at the entrance of the Dharawal National Park, off the Appin Road, by officers from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

A search of the area involving the Police Dog Unit, PolAir, Police Rescue, officers from Campbelltown Police Area Command and Lake Illawarra Police District, and the State Emergency Service (SES) commenced.

The search was suspended last night, before recommencing at 8.30am today (Wednesday March 20). Police and family have concerns for his welfare as he suffers from a medical condition.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area or who may have dashcam vision to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Ron Quirk was last seen leaving a home in Woonona in this car about 4.30pm on Thursday.  The car was later found on a trail at the entrance of the Dharawal National Park, off the Appin Road.


About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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