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Two missing persons cases: teens in Lithgow, man in Wellington

February 27, 2024

By Peter Holmes

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate two missing teenagers from the Central Tablelands.

Ethan Bellamy-Bourke and Cheri Franklin – both aged 13 – were last seen at Lithgow Railway Station about 7.30pm yesterday (Monday February 26, 2024).

"When they were unable to be located or contacted, officers from Chifley Police District were notified and commenced an investigation into their whereabouts," NSW Police said.

"There are serious concerns for their welfare due to their young ages."

Ethan is described as Caucasian appearance, 145cm, thin build and light brown hair.

Cheri is described as Caucasian appearance, 155cm, medium build, shoulder length brown hair and has green/hazel coloured eyes.

They are both wearing blue school uniforms and in possession of ride on scooters.

Both are known to frequent the Lithgow, Wallerawang and Parramatta areas. They may also be utilising the rail network.

Anyone with information into their whereabouts is urged to contact Lithgow Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Meanwhile, police are also appealing for the public's help in locating a missing man from Wellington.

Alfred Mahoney, aged 64, was last seen at a home on Clive Street, Wellington, on Friday February 23, 2024.

"When he could not be located or contacted, police were notified and officers from Orana Mid-Western Police District commenced inquiries into his whereabouts," NSW Police said.

"Police and family hold concerns for Alfred’s welfare due to medical concerns and being out of character."

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall of thin build with grey hair and hazel eyes. He has a tattoo on his left arm and shoulder and one on his chest.

He was last seen wearing a checkered blue shirt, blue jeans and has a walking stick.

Police believe he may have travelled to the Tamworth area.

Anyone with information into Alfred’s whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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