William ‘Torro’ Torrens still missing after six days

AS the search for missing Fairview Retirement Village resident William Torrens heads towards its seventh day, his daughter, Renae Thornton, says her family is “hanging on to hope tightly” that the 73-year-old retired boilermaker is found safely.

Mr Torrens, better-known as ‘Torro’, walked out of the nursing home at 9.20am on Friday, January 5.

Mr Torrens, short and stocky in stature with a shuffle in his walk, has been a resident since August last year.

Mrs Thornton said her father’s stay at Fairview was expected to be short-term, with plans to relocate him to Deepwater, a small village 40km north of Glen Innes.

She said a development application to erect a dwelling on her Deepwater property for her father had been passed by Glen Innes Severn Council the same day he disappeared.

“Dad gave me his budgie ‘Georgie’ to look after for him when he came and stayed for three days over Christmas because he knew – and was happy – that he would be getting out (of Fairview) soon,” Mrs Thornton said.


There has been one sighting of Mr Torrens since his disappearance however this has led to no new developments.

Mr Torrens was spotted at around 1am Sunday morning (January 7) walking along Gosport Street in East Moree near the Newell Highway bypass, heading north.

Police viewed extensive CCTV footage from the area, but obtained no new leads.

It is believed that Mr Torrens may be attempting to get to either Collarenenbri to the west or east to Deepwater.

Mr Torrens suffers mild dementia, diabetes and heart problems and has not had access to regular medication since his disappearance.

It is also feared that extreme weather conditions will be harmful to Mr Torrens’ health and wellbeing, with temperatures over the next few days expected to exceed 40 degrees.

Thunderstorms for much of the north-west and New England regions, particularly across Deepwater and Glen Innes, are also forecast.

“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,” Mrs Thornton said.

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.

Words: Bill Poulos