Mystery man wandering roads at Aramac

Aramac police ask community to report sightings of mystery man


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Residents on properties in the Aramac area are on high alert following reported sightings of an unknown male on foot in the region.

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Residents on properties in the Aramac area are on high alert following reported sightings of an unknown male on foot in the region.

According to sergeant Bruce Jennings, the officer in charge at the two-person Aramac station, the man, who has been described only as having a red beard, first came to his attention on Sunday and had since been spotted not far from his original location in the north east of the region on Tuesday afternoon.

It's understood he was discovered squatting in shearers' quarters and decamped into the bush when police assistance was offered.

He told the second person who encountered him his car had been stolen.

Sgt Jennings said it was not known who he was or where he was from and no missing persons bulletins for someone matching his description had been issued.

"A description of him is hard to give - people are startled to come across him and their recollection is vague," he said.

"He's got no vehicle that we're aware of and we don't know if he's got money or a tent or anything like that.

"He's been spoken to by a couple of people and he hasn't appeared to be threatening."

There have been no reports of crime in the region and Sgt Jennings said while they had undertaken patrols in response to the sightings, there was no plan to bring in extra police at this stage.

"This is big country with a lot of space," he said, adding that they were not asking the community to apprehend the man if he was seen again, but to be the eyes and ears for local police.

He said there was plenty of fresh water lying around but one concern he has is for the mystery man's mental health.

A property owner, who asked not to be named, shared concerns that his actions seemed to indicate he was in need of assistance.

"He was seen walking up the middle of a road with a water bottle so it's not as if he's trying to hide from us but he keeps disappearing into the scrub," she said.

"My first reaction was that I was scared for my children and families around but I wonder now, this is a remote area - does he need help?

"There's a million places he could hide out here, or perish."

Sgt Jennings said Aramac community members knew they could ring him at any time with information.

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