COORDINATED RESPONSE: Police, SES volunteers and Peter Paynter’s work colleagues methodically searched the dense bushland.
COORDINATED RESPONSE: Police, SES volunteers and Peter Paynter’s work colleagues methodically searched the dense bushland. Peter Holt

Search to resume in thick bush

CREWS searching the dense rainforest are painstakingly scouring Peter Paynter's property looking for any possible sign of the missing 61-year-old Mackay man.

Split into teams of four to 15 men and made up of SES volunteers, Mr Paynter's work colleagues and members of the public, they moved slowly throughout the dense bush.

Mackay SES local controller Justin Englert said crews were ruling out sections of the property were Mr Paynter may be found.

"It's a process of elimination at this stage," Mr Englert said.

"And we are just working through that methodically."

Mr Englert said the search crew had covered much of the surrounding property and were searching "a number of kilometres" from Mr Paynter's house.

"We are hoping he has just got lost or has become disoriented at this stage," he said.

Mr Paynter is believed to be a keen bushman, physically fit and in good health, increasing the chances of finding him alive.

Mackay SES duty officer Charles Hamlet said the search continued until last light yesterday.

"Tomorrow (today), SES from Sarina and Whitsunday will join the Mackay and Mirani crews," he said.

The search party will leave Mackay at 6am today, setting up its command post and continuing the search.



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