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Fears for safety of Newcastle youth, Pip Manley

Fears for safety of Newcastle youth, Pip Manley

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 07 January 2014 13:42 Written by // Cec Busby

Family and friends of 21-year-old Bolwarra youth, Pip Manley, have grave fears for his safety following the young man’s disappearance from Telarah train station in November. His family have launched a public appeal for any information that could lead to the discovery of his whereabouts.

Manley, a student at Newcastle University was last seen by his mother on November 21 when she dropped him at the station at Telarah, where he was to meet up with friends. He told his mother he would see her later that night. Instead Pip Manley has not been heard from since.

His father, Jonathan Manley, was immediately concerned when his son failed to appear for a planned pub meal and cricket match on November  22, but held out hope that Pip was staying with friends.

When the youth still failed to return home for the festive season his family was overcome with worry.

In a press conference yesterday, Manley urged members of the public with any information to come forward or contact police. Manley said he and his ex-wife and Pip’s siblings, April, 26 and Jyles, 18, were worried sick.

‘‘I just want to know he’s alive,’’ he said.

Manley's family reported him missing on November 21 and described his disappearance as un characteristic. According to reports, Manley has not accessed his Facebook, bank accounts or mobile phone since November 21.

Detective Inspector John Zdrilic from Maitland LAC, said police held grave fears for Pip Manley’s safety.

‘‘We have grave concerns for his safety, and we encourage anyone who has seen Pip since he disappeared on November 21 to contact police.

‘‘We urge Pip to make contact with police or his family to let them know he is all right.’’

Manley is described as 183cm tall, with fair complexion and dark brown hair with long blonde tips.

If you have seen Pip Manley, know of his whereabouts, or have any information regarding his disappearance contact Maitland Police on 02 4934 0200 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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