Another hiker has disappeared this year in Victoria’s bushland:
A LARGE-scale search and rescue operation will resume today for a 49-year-old man from Melbourne’s west who failed to return from a week-long camping trip.
David McCormack, of Sunbury, was due back on Friday night from a camping trip to the Wyperfeld and Little Desert national parks near Dimboola, about 330km west of Melbourne.
He was last seen early on Tuesday morning by a ranger when he checked in to inquire about camping sites, police said.
Mr McCormack was prepared to camp for the week but it was out of character of him not to arrive back home on time or contact his family, police said.
Search and rescue teams, the air wing and local police units from Nhill, Dimboola, Rainbow and Hopetoun searched the area but were unable to locate Mr McCormack yesterday.
Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR) will join the police search today, with two fixed-wing aircraft to leave from Essendon and Moorabbin airports at 8am (AEST). [AAP]
Mr. McCormack is the second Victorian bushwalker to disappear in the last three months after Warren Meyer vanished while hiking in the Yarra Ranges this March. The area is very remote but he was traveling by four wheel drive which should be visible from the air. Let’s hope this search has a happier ending then the mystery that still surrounds Warren Meyer.