Search underway for missing man, Mission River (Weipa)

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Weipa QLD police are coordinating a land, air and river search for 42-year-old Anthony Vanharen missing in the Mission River area.

Anthony’s boat was located washed ashore and unattended at around 12 midday today (May 2) by police at Winning Point – the northern side of the Mission River, east of the Mission River Bridge, Weipa.

Police investigations indicate Anthony rang family on April 29 and officer’s have an unconfirmed sighting of Anthony on his boat close to the above location on the afternoon of Thursday, April 30.

Police would like to speak with anyone who may have come into contact with Anthony or his boat –a white 4.8 metre Quintrex (see image) – at Winning Point between April 30 and May 2.

The search area incorporates thick bushland and vegetation, swamp and river areas with searches on foot, on the water and from the air undertaken today.

Assets have included Rescue 700 helicopter, Volunteer Marine Rescue vessel, SES members and police on foot and ATV’s.

The search will resume tomorrow morning.

Anthony is described as Caucasian, approximately 180cms tall with a thin to proportionate build, long shoulder length brown hair (sometimes worn in a ponytail).

Anyone with any information in relation to Anthony’s whereabouts is asked to immediately contact police.


Croc attack suspected in disappearance of Anthony Vanharen as search for Allan Cook is called off

Two missing men in Far North Queensland have both been presumed dead by authorities, with one man feared to have been taken by a 3.5-metre crocodile.
Police have made the tough decision to end the search for 59-year-old Allan Cook who went missing from Port Douglas.
While authorities believe 42-year-old Anthony Vanharen, who went missing near Weipa, was taken by a crocodile which had been sighted in the area.
Mr Vanharen was last seen on his boat at Winning Point near Weipa on the April 30, but it was found washed ashore and unattended two days later.
Police believe he might have been attacked while trying to move his vessel.
"We suspect Mr Vanharen has been taken by a 3.5-metre crocodile that has been sighted in the area," Far North Assistant District Officer Mark Lingwood said.

Weipa Police Acting Inspector Kevin Goan revealed the Department of Environment and Science had been called in to assist with investigations.


"There are a number of crocodiles identified within the area so it's up to the experts to suggest possible courses of action by those animals at the time," Mr Goan said.
Meanwhile, two police divers have conducted their final search of the Dickson Inlet at Port Douglas in the hope of locating Mr Cook's body.
The 59-year-old was last seen on April 9 and reported missing on May 1 after his family were unable to contact him.
Police say Mr Cook was spotted on CCTV walking along a jetty before falling off and being washed away by a high tide.
 "These are our last efforts…we've had those difficult discussions with the family. Arrangements will be made for the family to come to Cairns once the travel restrictions are lifted," Mr Lingwood said.