Bruce Fairfax, disappeared October 14th, 2017, Duckhole Lake Trail, Strathblane, Tasmania
Retired Tasmanian high school teacher and keen hiker Bruce Fairfax, 66, went missing on the 2.1 km Duckhole Lake Track at Strathblane in southern Tasmania on October 14th, 2017.
He and dog Tessa were separated from his wife Louise when she walked ahead to take photos of waterfalls. Only the dog arrived back at the meeting point, at a picnic table near the lake. Parks Tasmania advises the trail at Duckhole Lake is "an easy stroll to an idyllic lake".
More than 60 people plus a helicopter and sniffer dog searched dense bushland for six days but found no trace of Bruce. On October 23rd the search was suspended.
Police believe he became disorientated as he required daily medication for Parkinson's disease. Specialist dive teams were also called in to search Duckhole Lake but with no signs.
Strange that with search an extensive search Bruce's body has not been found and even though he may have had Parkinsons Disease, he did not have dementia and was sound of mind.