Body of missing NSW man, 82, found in dry creek bed

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A body believed to be of an elderly man who went missing from the New South Wales Central Coast a week ago has been located.

Bernard Anable, 82, went missing from his home on Rushby Street in Bateau Bay at 5pm on Tuesday, January 4, sparking a search for his whereabouts.

Tragically, almost exactly one week later, police have located a body in a dry creek bed in bushland near Cresthaven Avenue at Bateau Bay. The remains were located just after 2pm on Tuesday.

CCTV footage of Bernard Anable's last confirmed sighting, his back is to the camera wearing a red cap, long sleeved grey shirt and white shorts.
Bernard Anable went missing last Tuesday, with police releasing CCTV of his last confirmed sighting. Source: NSW Police Media

The body is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be that of the missing man.

Last seen on CCTV footage

Officers from Tuggerah Lakes Police District commenced an investigation after Mr Anable went missing, which included extensive land and air searches and public appeals for assistance.

He was last seen on CCTV footage walking past a bottle shop on Entrance Road in the very early hours of Wednesday morning but no other sightings were reported after that.

Aerial shot of the NSW central coast region the man was found.
The elderly man's body was found in bushland near Cresthaven Avenue in Bateau Bay. Source: Google Maps

Investigators urged business owners along The Entrance Road at Bateau Bay and in the surrounding area to view their available CCTV footage from Wednesday, January 5 2022 onwards for Mr Anable.

A crime scene has been established where the body was found and has been examined by specialist forensic investigators with a report to be prepared for the coroner.

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