Gemfields family widens search for Noel
THE Baines family will set off on a 3000km journey across central Queensland on Wednesday in a desperate bid to locate their missing father, Noel Baines.
Despite an extensive air and ground search by police, SES and family members, it has been nearly two weeks since Mr Baines was last seen driving his light blue Toyota Vienta near Sapphire in the Gemfields.
"We've had no sightings, nothing," Mr Baines' daughter Sandra said on Tuesday.
"We're really worried about him.
"He was on a back road towards Sapphire, it's a very old mining track.
"But we've searched that area thoroughly … the whole of the Gemfields area."
Starting in Mackay, the family plans to travel down the coast to Rockhampton, west to Biloela and Roma, then north to Alpha - stopping at every town they can to spread the word about their father's disappearance.
My three-year-old keeps asking random strangers whether they have seen him.
To assist in the search the family is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts.
"Hopefully it will get more people to ring in," Ms Baines said.
"He's a grandfather to 11 grandkids in our family and they miss him a lot.
"My three-year-old keeps asking random strangers whether they have seen him."
Heightening concerns for Mr Baines' welfare is that he suffers from a mental illness, and had hit a low point just before he disappeared.
Mr Baines is described as being around 182cm tall with a slim build, Caucasian, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt and dark blue shorts.
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