A desperate father has made a tearful plea and offered $10,000 to help find his Melbourne-based son, who hasn’t been seen for more than a fortnight.
Mt Waverley man Yiwei ‘Carl’ Chu, 28, was expected to pick up his wife Emma Wang from work on the evening of April 11, but he never showed up.
He was last seen buying lunch at a Notting Hill fast food restaurant at midday the same day.
On Thursday police revealed he hasn’t used his mobile phone, bank cards or social media since.
Ms Wang told AAP Mr Chu’s father, Jianqiang, has offered a $10,000 reward for information to help find his son.
Jianqiang flew to Melbourne from China to issue a tearful plea to his son.
“At home, grandmother, father and mother miss you so much, hopefully you can contact us as soon as possible,” he said through an interpreter.
“Our family, without you, how do we live on? Come back to us.”
Ms Wang fears her husband may have been murdered, despite being a “calm, quiet, friendly person” who never fought with anyone.
“The only thing that can come to my brain is just about murder or the danger of things,” she said.
“I just want him to come home, I can’t think too much or think other things.”
Victoria Police Inspector Tony Cecchin told reporters Mr Chu had not made contact with family or friends, which was “totally out of character and extremely unusual”.
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Mr Chu was believed to be driving a white 2016 Toyota Camry with registration 1LN3VR, which also hasn’t been seen since April 11.
“That’s also extremely unusual,” Insp Cecchin said.
“You would’ve thought by now on a toll road or somewhere similar the car would’ve turned up or been seen or captured on CCTV.”
Insp Cecchin would not speculate on what has happened to Mr Chu but said there was “potential” for “sinister attachment”.
Anyone who sights Yiwei or has information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.