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Family to search for missing man David Buchanan

The family of missing Mooroopna man David Buchanan will search for him on Saturday and are hoping the community will help.

ELAINE COONEY August 7, 2014 3:04am

Missing Mooroopna man David Buchanan

The sister of missing man David Buchanan is hoping to gather a community search team to help her find her brother on Saturday.

Mooroopna man David Buchanan was last seen at Euroa Post office on July 14 and his car was found a few days later on Euroa-Strathbogie Rd.

Juliette Buchanan said she believed she was looking for her brother’s body.

She said she and two other family members received a letter from Mr Buchanan indicating he was going to take his own life.

‘‘He is not the type of person to cry wolf,’’ she said.

‘‘He has never sent a letter and said he was going to do something stupid (in the past).’’

Ms Buchanan said the postmark on the letter was from Euroa dated July 14.

She said it was not unusual for him to stay away for a few nights, but he did not have any friends and family in Euroa nor camping equipment.

Police and State Emergency Service carried out an extensive search on July 19 and 20, but have since scaled back operations.

Ms Buchanan said she believed her brother or his body could be in Mt Wombat State Forest and was going to search the region on Saturday.

She said he had diabetes and needed a daily dose of insulin.

‘‘With diabetes, you can’t stay away forever,’’ she said.

‘‘He left his car in a place where it was obvious, so I don’t know why it’s so hard to find him. It’s like he has just disappeared completely.’’

Ms Buchanan said the family wanted to find Mr Buchanan or his body to get closure.

‘‘Mum’s pretty upset,’’ she said.

‘‘We all have elements of blame ... we could have done more, but ultimately he didn’t want us to do anything.’’

She said Mr Buchanan was a withdrawn person.

Ms Buchanan said she had already grieved for her brother.

She will be in Euroa on Saturday and would like help from people with local knowledge.

She said people should be prepared for rugged terrain and possible bad weather.

She will be seeking some maps of the area already searched and anyone interested in helping search for Mr Buchanan can meet outside Euroa Police Station on Saturday at 9am.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can phone Lifeline on 131114 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300659467.


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