JUST IN: Missing man found in search area
UPDATE, 3.05pm: MISSING man Richard Daw has been found safe and well, Tweed/Byron Local Area Command acting inspector Jason Dowds said.
Acting Insp Dowds said the 61-year-old, who was last seen about 3pm Monday, was located by SES members in the search area near Macas Camping Ground at Upper Main Arm.
He said Mr Daw was located about 2.30 today, after a lengthy co-ordinated search yesterday involving local officers and neighbouring police commands, Police Rescue (LANDSAR), SES and the Westpac Lifesaver 4 helicopter.
Acting Insp Dowds said while the police co-ordinated the search, the bulk of the leg-work was undertaken by volunteer SES members.
He said the work and effort of SES in assisting police to locate the man was highly appreciated, particularly after a difficult weekend with storms.
UPDATE, 12.15pm: THE daugher of missing man Richard Daw has posted a heartfelt plea on Facebook, asking for people to help find her dad.
Naomi Bass, posting on the Byron Bay Community Board Facebook page, said her father had now been missing for 48 hours.
"He was last seen at the Main Arm Shop on Main Arm Rd, Main Arm, NSW at 11.30am Monday 6th of June," she wrote.
"He was wearing light grey/white jeans, brown leather jacket, black undershirt/jumper and thongs and is travelling on foot.
"He is in his earlier 60s and is not well, he may be dazed/confused/disoriented and not be making a lot of sense.
"He however is not dangerous.
"He responds to Richard or Rick.
"If you think you have seen him or do see him, please notify the police with location immediately or respond to this post."
Ms Bass said Mr Daw could be "anywhere from Ocean Shores to Lismore".
"Please help us find him. We are very worried about his physical and mental well-being and would like to see him safe and well ASAP."
UPDATE 9.12am: SES Richmond Tweed region controller Andrew McPhee said NSW SES members were assisting local police in the land search at Upper Main Arm, which resume at 8am this morning.
He said the search operation was not flood related and independent of the recent weather event.
WEDNESDAY 5.55am: POLICE from Tweed Byron Local Area Command are continuing to search for a man who has been missing since Monday from the Northern Rivers.
Richard Daw, aged 61, was last seen about 3pm on Monday at the Macas Camping Ground, Upper Main Arm about 13km northwest of Mullumbimby.
Relatives of Mr Daw contacted police when he was not located in his van at the location.
A co-ordinated search was commenced yesterday, utilising local officers and neighbouring police commands, Police Rescue (LANDSAR), SES and the Westpac Lifesaver 4 helicopter.
The search was suspended about 6pm due to darkness and rough terrain, but will resume this morning at 8am.
Grave concerns are held for Mr Daw as he has not been taking his medication.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.