Police searching for a man missing from his Far South Coast home, are investigating if he got a lift with a passing motorist.
Police have been told a man matching 77-year-old Raymond Speechley’s description was seen on the Princes Highway, Dalmeny, shortly after 4pm on Thursday July 7.
A red vehicle was stopped nearby, police said.
Inquiries also revealed that Mr Speechley may have attempted to travel to the Wollongong area.
Mr Speechley was last seen about 4pm on July 7 at a retirement home on Ruth Place in Dalmeny.
Police were alerted after he left the home and couldn’t be located or contacted.
Officers from the Far South Coast Local Area Command launched an extensive search of the area with assistance from the Volunteer Rescue Association, State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service and Westpac Lifesaver helicopter.
Serious concerns are held for Mr Speechley’s welfare due to a medical condition and the inclement weather in the area.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of medium build with grey hair and blue eyes.
He was last seen wearing jeans and a dark jacket with a pyjama top underneath.
Police are appealing for anyone who was travelling north on the Princes Highway through Dalmeny at that time that may have picked up a man fitting the description of Mr Speechley, to contact Police.
Police are also seeking anyone who may have seen a man fitting Mr Speechley’s description, on the Princes Highway at Dalmeny to contact Batemans Bay Police Station on (02) 4472 0099 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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.