Bushwalker fails to return from month-long trek in Tasmanian wilderness
The alarm was raised after Mr Mclean failed to pick up a food drop at Melaleuca. (ABC News: David Hudspeth)
Police hold grave concerns for an experienced bushwalker missing in the Tasmanian wilderness.
James McLean, 76, was on a one-month trek in the state’s far south-west when he failed to reach his food drop at Melaleuca.
The Flinders Island man signed into the Huon Track walk in the Tahune area on November 13 and was planning to walk to Melaleuca and explore some of the surrounding areas before returning on 13 December.
He has not been seen since.
Police said they received a call from the National Parks and Wildlife Service on December 14.
After initial searches failed to find him, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was launched on December 18.
The helicopter completed a search over the marked walking tracks, but no signs of Mr McLean were found.
Police are continuing to search the area with the helicopter and search and rescue staff with assistance from Parks.
Anybody who might have seen Mr McLean is asked to call police on 131 444.