James HUNTER aka CRACKERS

 

James Hunter,  also known as Crackers

Aged 53

185cms tall


Last seen in Dubbo NSW 28/2/2020


Was thought to be travelling to Lightning Ridge.


Last known clothing is unknown but is thought to be country style, Akubra, jeans and boots.

No medical conditions.

James has a recognisable personality and mannerisms most people would remember if they had come across him
 

Police report number #e1094284690
 

 

James Hunter: Police appeal to find missing Newcastle man last seen in Dubbo

Whether it was on a farm or in opal fields, James Hunter didn’t mind travelling to find work. Now, police have pinned down when he was last seen – and it was 17 months before he was formally reported missing.

Dan Proudman
 

He was known to work as a farmhand and chase the elusive opal across vast sections of western and northwestern NSW.

And now, no one can find former Newcastle man James Hunter.

Mr Hunter, who would now be aged 53, was first reported missing by worried relatives in July last year.

And although he had maintained contact with family members, he was last seen in person in December 2019 when the Tighes Hill man was last known to be in the Newcastle area.

Orana Mid-Western police, who have already conducted several searches for Mr Hunter, have now established he was last seen at a Dubbo pharmacy on February 2020 – 17 months before he was reported missing.

Police have also confirmed Mr Hunter has not accessed his bank accounts since then.

“Police and family continue to hold concerns for James’ welfare, and are now seeking information from the public in relation to his whereabouts,” police said in a statement.

Mr Hunter was known to travel to the state’s west for work including rural properties at Dubbo, Mendooran and Dunedoo.

He was also known to frequent Walgett and Lightning Ridge where he would mine for opals.

Mr Hunter is described as being caucasian, about 175cm tall, of a medium build with brown hair and eyes.

Information should be forwarded to Dubbo police on 6883 1599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Appeal for help in search for Newcastle man James Hunter missing from Western NSW

Detectives from Orana Mid-Western Police District on Wednesday reiterated their appeal for information to help find a Newcastle man who went missing from Western NSW.

James Hunter, now 53, lived in Tighes Hill and travelled to the state's west for work including on rural properties at Dubbo, Mendooran and Dunedoo.

He was also known to frequent Walgett and Lightning Ridge, where he would mine for opals.

Mr Hunter maintained contact with family members, who last saw him in person in December 2019, when he was in the Newcastle area.

After failing to make contact with his family for several months, he was reported missing to police in July 2021.

Officers from Orana Mid-Western Police District commenced numerous inquiries and have conducted searches for Mr Hunter, however he has not been found.

As part of inquiries, police have established he was last seen at a pharmacy on Macquarie Street in Dubbo on February 28, 2020, and has not accessed his bank accounts since then. Police and family continue to hold concerns for Mr Hunter's welfare, and are seeking information from the public in relation to his whereabouts.

Mr Hunter is described as being Caucasian in appearance, about 175cm tall, of a medium build with brown hair and eyes.

Anyone who has information in relation to Mr Hunter's whereabouts or of any other possible relevance to the investigation is urged to contact Dubbo Police Station on 02 6883 1599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Missing man's daughter appeals to locals after possible sighting
 
Kate Coxall The Lismore App
06 February 2022, 5:15 AM

Daughter of missing man James Hunter, now aged 53yrs old, a known hitchhiker, has reached out to local pages in the hopes that she might find her Dad.

She told us "nothing has come up in two years from the police search, so I'm going to try do what I can, myself". James went missing nearly two years ago from Western NSW, where he worked on rural properties in Dubbo, Mendooran and Dunedoo. He lived in the Newcastle suburb of Tighes Hill but was known to frequent the Northern Rivers and may have hitched a ride from Coraki to Wyrallah and then on to Lismore Transit Station aiming for a bus to Tweed Heads last Saturday between 1-4pm.


His daughter, Chloe lives in the NSW North Coast area and has a message for her Dad, saying "I just want to know you are safe and well, please contact me, you know how, I love you".


Chloe tells us he usually kept his hair short, but could potentially have a beard. The possible sighting of James last Saturday was of a man in long-sleeved fluoro's, of medium build and slightly overweight carrying a small backpack and a shoebox.


Dubbo police have also told media outlets that "He was also known to frequent Walgett and Lightning Ridge where he would mine for opals".

"He maintained contact with his family, who last saw him in person in December 2019 in the Newcastle area.

After failing to make contact with them for several months, James was reported missing to police in July 2021".


Officers from Orana Mid-Western Police District commenced numerous inquiries and have conducted searches for James since that time, however, he has not been located. As part of inquiries, police have established James was last seen at a pharmacy on Macquarie Street in Dubbo on Friday February 28, 2020, and he has not accessed his bank accounts since then.


Police and family continue to hold concerns for James’ welfare, and are now seeking information from the public in relation to his whereabouts.

James is described as being Caucasian in appearance, about 175cm tall, of a medium build with brown hair and eyes. Anyone who has information in relation to James’ whereabouts or of relevance to the investigation is urged to contact Dubbo Police Station on 02 6883 1599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.