SEARCH: Police search the water using sonar equipment and specialist divers to attempt to locate Neville Ohl off Notch Point. INSET: Mr Ohl (centre) with his grandsons Brodie Hakfoort and Aaron Davis in September.
SEARCH: Police search the water using sonar equipment and specialist divers to attempt to locate Neville Ohl off Notch Point. INSET: Mr Ohl (centre) with his grandsons Brodie Hakfoort and Aaron Davis in September. Lee Constable

Ohl family hangs onto hope

TRACEY Hakfoort feels as if her heart has been ripped out of her chest.

Almost a month on, the daughter of missing 69-year-old Emerald man Neville Ohl still describes the situation as "raw".

Speaking on behalf of the family, she said they were still hoping some of her dad's personal effects would be found by someone at the Notch Point Camping Reserve Area, where Mr Ohl went missing on December 16 last year.

His vehicle was found running, with the trailer attached, at the boat ramp but there was no boat. It was found washed up about 2km from the ramp.

A massive search by police, the Rockhampton-based RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service, State Emergency Service, police divers from Brisbane and Mr Ohl's family and friends was made for almost a week before it was officially suspended by police.

Ms Hakfoort said the family is looking for closure and wants to find any belongings Mr Ohl had with him at the time, including his mobile phone, thongs and glasses.

She said he was a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a best mate.

 

"Christmas and New Year was absolutely devastating, he left behind a lot of people," Ms Hakfoort said.

"We're all shell-shocked that dad has gone.

"I feel I like I have no arms or legs and my heart has been ripped out."

 

Ms Hakfoort is encouraging anyone who finds anything to not dismiss it.

"If we could find his glasses or some sort of personal item it might bring a bit of closure," she said.

"As little as it may be, don't dismiss it, it could be something belonging to him."

The area of Notch Point, south of Sarina, was a familiar one as the family grew up there, Ms Hakfoort said.

"Being down there, it's all ocean. It's a magical, beautiful spot. Anyone who's been there would agree," she said.

Ms Hakfoort also said she didn't believe her father had been taken by a crocodile, a theory that was explored during the search.

Mr Ohl is now declared a missing person.


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