Police tonight stepped up the search for missing 58-year-old man Professor John Forster, with a Victoria Police spokesperson telling Phillip Clark on ABC Local Radio’s Nightlife that police and John’s family were now seriously concerned for his welfare.
Forster, a resident of Diamond Creek was last seen at his James Cook Drive address about 10am Saturday.
Police since located Dr Forster’s green Subaru Forrester station wagon at Sugarloaf Reservoir, Christmas Hills around 11pm on Saturday.
“He may have left his car and gone walking,” the Victoria Police spokesperson told ABC Local Radio.
Search and Rescue members, Water Police, the police helicopter and State Emergency Service members are searching the reservoir and the surrounding Christmas Hills area in an effort to locate John.
Police and family have concerns for Dr Forster welfare as his disappearance if out of character.
John is described as being about 180cm tall, with a slim build and shaved grey/dark short hair.
It’s not known what he was wearing at the time of his disappearance.
Police have released an image of John in the hope someone recognises him and can provide information on his current whereabouts.
Police would also like to speak to anyone who saw Dr Forster in in the Sugarloaf Reservoir Reserve area over the weekend.
Dr Forster is an academic at La Trobe University specialising in the genetic analysis of plants and animals.
Anyone who sights Dr Forster or has any information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Eltham Police Station on 9430 4500.
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