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Calls for a driver to come forward in Dalmeny missing person case


Police are renewing calls for the driver of the car to come forward.

Almost three years after a man went missing from his Far South Coast home, police have again released an image of a vehicle, and are appealing for the driver to come forward, as they continue to search for him.

Raymond Speechley, then aged 77, was last seen about 4pm on Thursday 7 July 2016, at a retirement home on Ruth Place, Dalmeny.

Police were alerted after he left the building and couldn’t be located or contacted.

A man similar in description to Mr Speechley was seen on the Princes Highway, Dalmeny, about the same time Mr Speechley left the retirement home.

About half an hour later, a red/maroon four-door sedan, similar to a Honda Accord, was seen stopped on the side of the Princes Highway around 700 metres north of where the man was sighted.

Since this time, a number of comprehensive bush searches have failed to locate Mr Speechley.

Mr Speechley is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of medium build, with grey hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing jeans and a dark jacket with a pyjama top underneath.

Mr Speechley’s family are desperate to identify his last known location.

The matter is set to be heard before the NSW Coroner in September 2019 and investigators are again appealing for public assistance.

In particular, police are asking the driver of the vehicle, anyone with information about the driver, or anyone who may have been travelling north on the Princes Highway through Dalmeny at that time who may have picked up a man fitting Mr Speechley’s description, or who may have seen someone pick up a man fitting Mr Speechley’s description, to contact them.

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