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Coledale man missing for over decade

Robert Neville missingAS part of this year’s Missing Persons Week, police are renewing their appeal to locate a man who went missing from Coledale more than 11 years ago.

Robert Neville, also known as Bobby, was 30-years-old when he returned to his family home in Coledale on September 29 2008 after a visit to Western Australia.

The following morning (September 30 2008), he left the house to go for a walk but never returned.

There have been unconfirmed sightings of Bobby around the country, but investigators from Wollongong Police District have received no further leads as to his whereabouts.

Bobby, who would now be 41, is described as having a tan complexion, about 183cm tall, and slim build. At the time of his disappearance he had dark, short wavy hair and suffered from a medical condition.

Anyone who has seen Mr Neville, or has information as to his whereabouts, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Missing Persons Week is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons and runs between Sunday August 4 and Saturday August 10 2019.

For more information on the campaign visit

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


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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