Search for man missing in strange circumstances near Mount Buller
Police believe a man missing in freezing conditions in Victoria’s high country since Tuesday is still alive.
Conrad Whitlock was last seen at his home in White Water Court at around 11.30pm on Monday.
The 72-year-old’s white BMW was found on Tuesday near Mount Buller, with the keys in the ignition and his mobile phone inside.
His vehicle passed through the ski resort gates at around 6am on Tuesday morning.
There were four reported sightings of a man matching his description walking along the road near the township of Sawmill Settlement at about 9am on Tuesday.
Police believe he may have hitched a ride with a passing driver.
Conrad is not known to visit Mount Buller, so his actions have investigators stumped.
“Why he would travel to Mount Buller without letting anybody else know, without telling his wife, that’s what remains a mystery for us at the moment,” Police Inspector Dave Ryan told 3AW’s Ross and John.
Temperatures near the ski fields dropped below zero overnight, increasing concerns for Conrad’s wellbeing.
Police, SES and Bush Search and Rescue are combing the area.
Conrad is described as 170cm tall with a slim build and grey hair.
Police are appealing for anyone who drove between Mount Buller and Mansfield on Tuesday morning, and who has dashcam footage, to come forward.
Anyone who has seen Conrad or may have information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Mansfield Police Station on 5775 2555.