Helicopter and ground searches for a 29-year-old cattle station worker and expectant father missing in the Kimberley have so far yielded no results.
- Cattle station worker Brad Keeley was last seen at dinner with friends at a remote cattle station near the NT border
- His family are praying for his wellbeing as police continue to search the area where his car was found abandoned
- Police are urging for anybody who may have seen Mr Keeley or picked him up to be in touch
Mr Keeley was last seen in the early hours of Wednesday, February 20, at a Buchanan cattle station where he had been dining with friends.
His broken-down Landcruiser ute was found abandoned on a stretch of road just four kilometres from the Victoria Highway in West Australia’s far north-east Kimberley, and about 15 kilometres from the NT border.
Mr Keeley’s partner Lindsie Craig said she was praying for his safe return.
“I’m trying to keep positive that he comes home to be with me and our baby, who is due in June,” Ms Craig told the ABC.
She described Mr Keeley as “down to earth” and a “happy-go-lucky bloke”, and said she last heard from him just prior to him leaving the station.
His family posted a plea to help locate Mr Keeley on Facebook, urging anybody who may have picked up the station worker to get in touch.
Car had ‘come to halt on chassis’
NT Police’s Senior Sergeant Gary Cole told ABC Alice Springs that Mr Keeley had lived in the NT for “quite a few years” and had “good knowledge of the area”.
“He probably looks typical, like some of these solid young men who do work out on the stations, and he’s probably a strong young man,” Senior Sergeant Cole said.
“We’re hopeful that his bush skills will allow him to be safe. but we are worried about him from a health point of view.”
Mr Keeley had been with some friends at a station near the West Australian border, Senior Sergeant Cole said, and left the property in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
His car was found hours later with a blown-out tyre.
“It’s basically come to a grinding halt on its chassis,” the officer said.
“If he had his bearings straight, he could walk straight up the road and end up at the Victoria Highway.”
While the vehicle had been removed the tyre tracks remained, snaking down the road until coming to a stop south of the Victoria Highway.
Plenty of water in vicinity
Officers from the NT border town of Timber Creek continued to conduct ground searches of the area late into Thursday afternoon, to no result.
Not far from where Mr Keeley went missing was a cattle yard with access to water and vegetation, Senior Sergeant Cole said.
He said due to the season there was plenty of water in the area at the moment and “the weather at this point in time is not a real danger provided he gets to water”.
The search continues.