Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

UK backpacker missing in Australia

The family of a missing backpacker appealed for help on Facebook after he failed to return from a jog

A British backpacker has disappeared after he set out on a run in the Australian Outback.

Sam Woodhead was reported missing from a cattle station after he failed to return from a jog two days ago.

Local authorities launched a hunt for Mr Woodhead amid fears he may have lost his way in the hot, isolated region in central Queensland.

His frantic mother is understood to have urged police to widen the search on the grounds that her son, an experienced long-distance runner, could have travelled some way from his base, near the town of Longreach.

His sister, Rebecca, issued an anxious plea for news on Facebook.

"If anyone hears from my brother please contact me ASAP," she wrote.

In another posting, she added: "Thanks so much for all your messages regarding Sam. Still no further news but we have the helicopter going out again in the morning, Aus time, and hundreds of people going on a voluntary search party. will keep you all posted."

Mr Woodhead, reportedly 18-years-old and from Richmond Upon Thames, in Surrey, had been in Australia for eight days before he disappeared on Tuesday afternoon.

The former Brighton College student was reported missing by the owner of Upshot Station, where he was working.

His wallet is understood to have been found at the cattle ranch but there was no sign of his rucksack or running shoes.

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