Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sam Woodhead Missing: Family fears for teen lost in Australian outback

LONGREACH, Australia (Thu, Feb 14) – Search for missing British teen ended fruitless on Thursday in Australian outback near Longreach, Queen’s Land. Police launched a land and aerial search for English teenager after he failed to return from his outing on Tuesday evening.

Sam Woodhead Missing: Family fears for teen lost in Australian outback

The 18-year-old Sam Woodhead was last seen at Upshot Station, on Bogewong Alroy Rd. 130 kilometers southwest of Longreach, at around 5.30pm on Tuesday and police fear he has become lost or injured during a run. Woodhead had been staying at the remote Upshot Station for about 10 days.

The station owner reported him missing Wednesday morning after finding his bed empty. His backpack and a pair of jogging shoes were missing but other stuff including his wallet had been left behind at the station.

The family of missing youngster, intended to be an army officer in future, is desperately hoping he will be found safe and well - and will turn up asking 'what's all the fuss about'.

The father of a teenage backpacker missing in the Australian outback fought back tears today as he pledged to do everything 'physically, mentally, emotionally and financially' possible to find him.

Woodehead’s 54-year-old mother has flown out to Australia and the family has hired an extra helicopter with night vision equipment to help join the search effort. But so far no trace of the former head boy at Brighton College has been found.

The search on Thursday was called off about 5:00 pm as the sun set and will start again at first light on Friday but the teenager could survive in the outback for anywhere between a few hours and a few weeks, according to survival instructor Nick Vroomans.

"If he's moving during the day and working really hard, he could be gone in 24 hours," he said.

Woodhead, who is from London and went to Brighton College, had been experiencing the Outback during an Australian adventure that had previously included a visit to the Gold Coast.

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