Appeal for information after man with 'somewhat reclusive lifestyle' vanishes from NSW

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The disappearance of a New South Wales man who lived a “somewhat reclusive lifestyle” is out of character, police say as they launch a fresh appeal for information this morning.

Allan Bentley, aged 63, was last seen leaving his home on Pindimar Road, in the state’s Hunter region more than a year ago on the morning of April 27, 2021.

A close friend reported him missing two days later after he failed to return home and attended pre-arranged appointments.

Police are reappealing for public assistance to locate Allan Bentley, a man missing from the state's Hunter region.
Police are reappealing for public assistance to locate Allan Bentley, a man missing from the state’s Hunter region. (NSW Police)

An extensive search was launched but police failed to locate Allan.

It’s believed he was driving a white coloured Holden combo van with NSW registration plates – UQG 146 – with the word ‘catering’ written on the side at the time of his disappearance.

Port Stephens-Hunter Police District Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Gerard Lawson, said his mysterious disappearance has left his family and friends “longing for answers”.

Allan Bentley was last seen leaving his home in Pindimar, about 7.30am on Tuesday 27 April 2021.
Allan Bentley was last seen leaving his home in Pindimar, about 7.30am on Tuesday 27 April 2021. (Supplied)

Police hope a fresh appeal for information will help generate new information.

“Mr Bentley has no bank accounts or other assets investigators can utilise aside from his vehicle – which has never been located nor has its registration been renewed,” he said.

“We’ve established that he rarely left the Tea Gardens area where he resided and worked locally for cash-in-hand payments to make ends meet.

“He had very little money, had no known enemies and was well liked, (while) his unit was left in a state which implies to investigators that he had planned on returning home.

“We hope this appeal spurs the flow of new information into where he may be”.

Allan is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 180cm tall, of medium build, with a beard and short brown and grey hair.

Allan Bentley may have been driving a white Holden combo van with NSW registration plates – UQG 146 – and the word 'catering' on the side.
Allan Bentley may have been driving a white Holden combo van with NSW registration plates – UQG 146 – and the word ‘catering’ on the side. (Supplied)

The appeal for information comes during Missing Person’s Week 2022, an annual national campaign that runs between July 31 and August 6.

Anyone with information about Alan Bentley or Kathleen Riethmuller are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or here.


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