Search For Missing British Tourist To Enter Third Day
The search for 25-year-old Aslan King who has been missing since the early hours of Saturday morning in dense Victorian bushland will be scaled back overnight before teams head out again early on Monday morning.
King, who only arrived in Australia two weeks ago, was camping with a group of friends in Princetown, near the twelve apostles, when he went missing after suffering a suspected medical episode.
The group were on a camping ground on Old Coach Road at around 2am on Saturday morning when King fell off his chair and hit his head.
His friends have told police King then suddenly got up and ran from the area and into the surrounding bushland near a bridge south of the camping ground.
The group said they immediately chased after him but after failing to locate King they contacted emergency services who launched a large-scale search effort.
King, who has no supplies and no warm clothing with him, has now been missing in the dense bushland for close to 48 hours and police believe he may have become disoriented.
On Sunday, more than 60 police and SES personnel spent the day covering as much ground as possible in the surrounding bushland, at times having to crawl through the dense scrub.
Local resident Chris Honeycombe told 10 News First the terrain was very difficult to navigate.
"It certainly is rough underfoot and very undulating and pretty dense bush, so from my point of view I don't think he could have gone really far," Honeycombe said on Sunday.
"I fear for him, I really do."
Sergeant Danny Brown from Victoria Police said King's disappearance was "completely out of character".
"He's not familiar with the area, he's not familiar with the country, the terrain is as rough as it's going to get," Brown told reporters.
"We will check under everything, any rock, any bush, any scrub."
Officers and SES crews on the ground are also being assisted by an Air Wing helicopter, horses from the mounted branch, off-road motorcycles and Parks Victoria employees.
Police will scale back the search overnight when temperatures in the area are expected to drop below 10 degrees, but teams will be out again early on Monday morning for what will be the third day of searching.
King, a British national, is described as being caucasian with a medium build and dark short hair.
He was last seen wearing track pants, a light grey t-shirt with a grey hoodie and green Reebok runners.
Police say he may also possibly have blood on his forehead.
Victoria Police have released an image of King taken on the same day he went missing in the hopes someone may recognise him.
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