Black Saturday survivor missing



This afternoon I received an urgent call for help from a Diamond Creek firie who asked me if I could assist in helping find a resident who is missing.

The resident, a Victorian man named Hendrik Vreulink aged 60, was last seen at a relative's house in Diamond Creek in Melbourne's outer northeast about 8:00pm (AEST) last Wednesday (August 12).

"Hendrik is a survivor of the Black Saturday bushfires and narrowly made it out of his Strathewen home, which was lost in the fires," a police spokeswoman said.

He is caucasian, 183 centimetres tall, has a medium build and straight blonde short hair. Mr Vreulink has blue eyes, a fair complexion and a beard and moustache. It is believed he was last seen wearing a light blue windcheater and dark pants.

Mr Vreulink's car - a 2005 Toyota Hilux dual cab utility, registration TVS 872 - is also missing. As Mr Vreulink is a keen bush walker it is now thought that he may have parked his car on a 4WD/dirt track, gone for a walk and has lost his bearings or had a fall and is unable to seek help. The Diamond Creek community along with police and the local firies are appealing to anyone to keep a lookout when travelling on seldom used roads in the event that they may see him or his car.

Police have urged anyone with information on Mr Vreulink's whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Diamond Creek CFA.

I hope they find him soon as it's really cold overnight of late around the district.:eek: