Victorian hiker found alive and well at Jamieson campsite after police search

Updated January 11, 2019 12:01:32

A hiker from Melbourne feared missing in bushland near Mansfield in Victoria’s north-east has been found after a two-day police search.

Key points:

  • 55-year-old Bruce Ninnis regularly camps in the area
  • Local police and the air wing have not been able to find him
  • A photo has been released in the hope he will be recognised

Bruce Ninnis set off from his Oakleigh South home on January 7 on a solo camping trip in Victoria’s High Country but police became concerned for his welfare after he failed to contact family for four days.

Six local police units and a police helicopter searched scoured the Woods Point area to search for him.

He was found healthy and uninjured at a campsite in Jamieson about 10:30am today.

Earlier, Acting Inspector Ash Mason said police had received information that Mr Ninnis’s four-wheel-drive had been seen by other campers at Comet Flat south east of Woods Point.

He said police were worried because the terrain was “difficult and dangerous” to navigate.

Mr Ninnis will be taken to Mansfield by police where he will be reunited with his family.

The 55-year-old man is a regular camper in the area, and before he was found his family said it was out of character for him not to check in with them every day.

Mr Ninnis’s wife of 25 years fronted the media before he had been found, and made an emotional plea for help from the public.

She said Mr Ninnis had made the same trip last year but had contacted her every day when he was in range.

His family had expected him to arrive home today.

Mr Ninnis was well equipped with camping gear and had a CB radio.

Topics: missing-person, community-and-society, woods-point-3723, mansfield-3722, oakleigh-south-3167, vic

First posted January 11, 2019 09:44:58

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