Family's heartache as search for Paul Anderson hits day 9
THE family of missing Toowoomba man Paul Anderson fears he may be lost on a remote Central Queensland road with no provisions for survival.
His brother Dean Anderson this morning renewed a desperate plea for information, and spoke of the emotional toll the ongoing search is having on his family just days before Christmas.
"Mum and dad are distraught," Dean said.
"They don't know what to do, where to start.
"I just really ask people to keep a look out for Paul and don't believe him when he says he's alright or knows where he's going.
"He's harmless. He's led a very sheltered life. He's not what we would call worldly-wise so his ability to fend for himself would be very limited in our view.
"We are really worried he has run out of fuel in an isolated spot and we know from previous times he's gone missing that he will not leave the vehicle.
"Don't take anything for granted. Mum and dad really want him home for Christmas."
Paul Anderson never made it to his shift at the Endeavour Foundation on December 15, and was last seen in Duaringa in Central Queensland about noon on Saturday.
Two unconfirmed sightings at Alpha, further west of Duaringa, suggest he may have continued travelling west on the Capricorn Hwy.
Police believe he is still with his vehicle, a cream-coloured Proton Jumbuck ute with a brown stripe around the bottom, with Qld registration 814LSM.
Southern Region search and rescue co-ordinator Acting Senior Sergeant Jeremy Sheldrick urged all motorists and tourists to keep Paul on their minds when travelling around Queensland.
"If you notice anything that seems out of place in terms of vehicles parked off a road or nearby, contact police," he said.
"If you're currently away on holidays or been away from a business you may own in the Central Queensland area, make sure the people who are looking after that place for you in your absence keep Paul in the back of their minds when they do checks on those properties."
Act. Snr Sgt Sheldrick said there was no indication Paul had left the major highways in the Central Queensland area but police would not rule out the possibility he had travelled along the network of rural and remote back roads in that region.
Paul was last seen wearing a navy hat with navy clothes, and had with him only lunch and a bottle of water when he was last seen in Toowoomba.
A passer-by gave Paul 10L of petrol at Westwood which allowed him to travel on to a Duaringa fuel station where he is believed to have refuelled his Proton Jumbuck and continued travelling on the Capricorn Hwy.
Tanya McCulkin from the Endeavour Foundation described Paul as a gentle and dedicated worker at the Toowoomba business facility.
"(He) is a quiet and gentle man who is a supported employee," she said.
"He drives the forklift (and) is probably one of the most dedicated workers and loyal employees.
"We are very concerned for his safety.
"I just implore people, if you do see him, if you do come across him, please stay with him while you call for help.
"We'd love to have him home for Christmas."
Paul is 175cm tall with proportionate build with a patch on his left eye.
He has signs of early onset dementia which his brother said would make him delusional and unaware of his actions, but he presented no danger to the public.