TAS Missing Person David Bonney

Missing since: 
Thursday, June 25, 1998
Last seen: 
Spreyton, TAS
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Year of birth: 




David Bonney was 40 years old at the time of his disappearance on the 25th of June 1998. He was last seen at his mechanical workshop in Spreyton, which was a business owned by both himself and his wife. After David’s disappearance, police located his Toyota Land Cruiser motor vehicle in the bush in the Spreyton area, and later searches by police and volunteer groups failed to find any trace of him. This is a case where a person has just ‘vanished without a trace’. David’s family and police would love to find out what has happened to him.

If you have any information that may assist police in locating David, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Missing Tasmanians: Heartbroken families need answers to why their loved ones went missing


Nick Bonney was 18 when his father, David Bonney, then 40, went missing in June 1998. Mr Bonney was last seen in Devonport, although the search switched to rural Sassafras a few days later when Mr Bonney’s 4WD was found in bushland there.

Mr Bonney Jr was involved in that search, which turned up few clues.

He said he still thinks of his father most days, the loss brought into sharper focus in recent weeks as Mr Bonney counts down the weeks to the birth of his own child.

The men worked together at Mr Bonney’s mechanic workshop at Spreyton and shared a passion for motorsport.

“It was a hard time. It’s definitely not good for a young bloke to lose his father at that time in his life,” Mr Bonney, of Devonport, said.

“I did struggle with it for a long time.”

Mr Bonney said it was difficult not having answers to why his father was gone.

“You can’t really bring any closure to the situation.”

Information in relation to a missing person can be provided to Tasmania Police on 131 444 or

Crime Stoppers anonymously at crimestopperstas.com.au or on 1800 333 000.