Police actively seek information regarding missing St Helens man

Police continue to actively seek information on the whereabouts of missing 52-year-old St Helens man John Norrish.


Acting Inspector Ben Kromkamp said that police have been following up every sighting reported, whether it be via social media, Crime Stoppers or the public attending a local police station.


“Cases like this are complex because there is no specific search area at the moment,” he said.


Since he was reported missing on 27 November, police have put a significant amount of resources into trying to locate Mr Norrish.


“We’re continuing to speak with people he knows in and around the St Helens area.

We are continuing to search around the area and as a result of our investigations, there has been a confirmed sighting of Mr Norrish since he was reported missing.”


The last confirmed sighting of Mr Norrish was Wednesday 28 November, where he was seen in Quayle Street St Helens.


“We can understand that it may be frustrating for all concerned, however we are continuing to act on all information we receive from both his family and members of the community.  There have been numerous reports of possible sightings from across the state and each of these have been followed up and will continue to be followed up until Mr Norrish is located. Locating Mr Norrish remains a priority investigation for Tasmania Police and we would like to thank the public for their assistance so far,” Acting Inspector Kromkamp said.


“From our extensive and ongoing investigation, there are no suspicious circumstances in relation to Mr Norrish’s disappearance. It’s not out of character for Mr Norrish to not have contact with members of the community for several days.”


Mr Norrish is described as being around 174cm tall, slim build, fair complexion and with a long and pointed brown beard.  He was last seen in the St Helens area wearing cream cargo style pants, a dark coloured zip up jacket and black Blundstone boots.  He is known to ride a red mountain bike, which is likely to be with him.  Mr Norrish also walks with a pronounced limp.


Mr Norrish is from the St Helens area, however, has been known to travel to other parts of the state, including Launceston and Devonport.


Anyone with information is urged to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444 or information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperstas.com.au