‘Torro’ sighted more than 36 hours after going missing: Moree police informed

A POSSIBLE sighting of missing 73-year-old William Torrens very early on Sunday morning near the Moree Railway Station was reported to Moree Police today.

Mr Torrens’ daughter, Renae Thornton, today received a message from a Moree resident stating that they had noticed Mr Torrens “walking past the train station on the pub side (of Gosport Street) at about (one or two o’clock in the morning)”.

The witness explained that they were unaware that it was Mr Torrens until they had seen missing person reports on social media.

It is believed Mr Torrens was heading north on Gosport Street.

All relevant information regarding the sighting – more than 36 hours after Mr Torrens went missing –  has been passed on to Barwon Local Area Command.

“I’m so thankful that this person has contacted me with this information,” Mrs Thornton said.

“It has definitely given us a little peace of mind.

“I’ve spoken to the police and forwarded the information on, and they will check it out,” she said.

“We urge anyone that might be able to assist in any way or if they think they have seen dad somewhere to please contact the police.

“We’ve also been contacting all the people in his address book, just in case he’s contacted someone,” she said.Torro001

A police search using drones and police dogs, as well as motorbikes and boats was launched on Monday, with searches also concentrating on areas around Moree and Collarenebri.

The banks of the Mehi River alongside Fairview Retirement Village on Victoria Terrace were also searched.

Those close to Mr Torrens believe he could also be attempting to make his way to Deepwater, near Glen Innes, to his daughter home.

He could also be trying to reach Collarenebri, where he lived for 20 years before being referred to Fairview Retirement Village last year.

His home in Collarenebri has just recently been sold.

Mr Torrens was wearing a green short-sleeved shirt, navy blue shorts, and brown shoes with black socks.

He was also carrying a plastic bag carrying personal belongings and is most likely on foot.

Mrs Thornton said her father is a thorough gentleman and makes friends easily.

“My dad is very friendly and approachable,” she said.

“Fishing, visiting cemeteries and a beer at a pub are his favourite pastimes.”

Barwon Local Area Command urges anyone that may have seen Mr Torrens since Friday morning or may know of his whereabouts to contact Moree Police Station immediately on (02) 6757 0799.