Elbow Valley break-in leaves clues to missing person search
A SEARCH is under way for a man reported missing from the Rabbits Eat Lettuce music festival, near Elbow Valley in the Southern Downs.
Bradley James Smith, 37, was last seen on Saturday night.
Warwick police Senior Sergeant Jamie Deacon said it is suspected the man was tied to a break -in at a home in Cullendore Rd yesterday, about 18km from the music festival.
"There were some notes written by someone and they have asked for that paperwork to be delivered to Mr Smith's mother,” Sgt Deacon said
"It is presumed he broke into that address.”
Volunteers from the SES and Warwick Police focused their land search around the property.
It is believed Mr Smith is still alive.
"There is nothing in the note that would indicate (otherwise),” Sgt Deacon said.
Police believe Mr Smith is from Nanango, Queensland.
Festival organisers have issued a statement to say they are co-operating with police in the search.
"We have reports from police he was last seen 18km from the festival on Cullendore Road, Tuesday 23 April 2019,” the statement read.
"Therefore it was not a disappearance from the festival as he clearly left the festival grounds via public roads after the event had finished.
"We are assisting Police gather information to ascertain his whereabouts.”
The RACQ LifeFlight helicopter based out of Toowoomba was called to help with the search at at about 11am this morning.
A LifeFlight spokeswoman said the crew is circling bushland near the festival grounds.
Mr Smith is about 175cm tall with a solid build, fair complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair.
Anyone with information that could help in the search should phone Policelink on 131 444.