A former long-serving Courier-Mail journalist has gone missing, after he was last seen waiting in his car on Thursday afternoon.
A former long-serving Courier-Mail journalist has gone missing, after he was last seen waiting in his car on Thursday afternoon.

Former journalist missing on the Gold Coast

Former Courier-Mail journalist Lawrie Kavanagh, 85, has gone missing on the Gold Coast, last seen waiting in his car at Bundall on Thursday afternoon.

Kavanagh, who has a medical condition, was last seen parked in his 2012 white Skoda Yeti SUV registration 168SKW at Corporate Centre One, on Bundall Rd, a family member said.

He had been waiting in the SUV beside the Gyroscope landmark outside the highrise from 2pm, but the car was gone when a relative returned there at 4pm.

Former Courier-Mail journalist Lawrie Kavanagh. Picture: Supplied
Former Courier-Mail journalist Lawrie Kavanagh. Picture: Supplied

 

Kavanagh recently moved to a retirement village on the Gold Coast and was unfamiliar with roads in the area and did not have a mobile phone with him at the time, the family member said.

"We're very worried that he was become confused, driven off and lost his way in peak-hour traffic," the family member said.

"It's unusual that he hasn't stopped to ask someone for help and there has been no contact or sightings overnight."

The long-serving Courier-Mail journalist retired in 1999 after a career spanning five decades with the newspaper. He covered two Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games, and a Kangaroo rugby league tour of Great Britain.

 

Lawrie Kavanagh was last seen his Skoda Yeti at Bundall on Thursday.
Lawrie Kavanagh was last seen his Skoda Yeti at Bundall on Thursday.

 

He later became a signature news columnist and feature writer for the paper and had several books of his stories, mainly about Queensland, published in the 1990s.

Kavanagh is described as 180cm tall with a proportionate build, grey hair and blue eyes.

He was last seen wearing blue denim jeans and a dark navy polo shirt. He may be wearing a Maroons rugby league cap.

Anyone with dashcam footage of the SUV or any information should contact police on 131444.

Originally published as Former journalist missing on the Gold Coast


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