Search for hiker scaled back

Police have scaled back a search for a man missing in the Lamington National Park for more than three weeks.

The 65-year-old Brisbane man went walking with a large sightseeing group from O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat on March 29, but he did not return by the designated 2pm meet time.

Park rangers conducted an initial search and were able to make voice contact with the man, but that was lost around 7pm.

Emergency services commenced a search later that evening but were unable to find the man. At the time, police held concerns for the man’s welfare due to his lack of supplies.

In the days after his disappearance more than 300mm of rain fell in the region, causing delays to the search and increasing worries about the welfare of the man.

Search efforts were hampered by a landslide at Sarabah which prevented rescuers from accessing to the site for several days. 

Police officers from Canungra and Tamborine co-ordinated the search and were assisted by volunteers from the Scenic Rim SES unit.

A police spokesman said the family of the man have been kept in the loop as the search progressed. 

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