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Posted in fremantle, missing person, western australia by freoview on May 10, 2016

On the afternoon of March 21 this year the delightful Matthew Bale went missing on Rottnest Island and has not been seen since, so his wife Kate Hulett wants to do her own search for him on Rottnest. Police have searched the populated parts of the island but Kate now wants to see if Matt is in one of the more remote parts.

Matthew and Kate have been very active at Fremantle’s Many 6100 at Kings Square and well-known to many shoppers for their the Kate & Able hat shop.

Kate wrote on Facebook:

For my own peace of mind – and for my best friend, and husband, Matt – I am asking for help from friends of ours, to search the rest of Rottnest, so we can rule-out him being on the land. This is the uninhabited, rough, shrubby parts of Rotto. Its not a fun task, and it will be hard work walking through scrub and looking under trees and through dense foliage. Of course, it’s not an activity suitable for everyone, and it’s absolutely not a measure of your friendship if you do or don’t come! Honestly, I can’t articulate how well supported and loved I’ve felt over the past six weeks!
But – if you are fairly fit and can offer a day’s help searching an allocated area – that would be super. The search will start on the afternoon of Saturday 21 May, and hopefully be done by Tuesday 24 May in the afternoon. So the full search days will be Sunday 22, Monday 23, and Tuesday 24 May. Rottnest Express have very generously offered free ferry tickets to volunteers, but I need to know names and dates – so if you are able to join us, please send me your email address and availability, so I can arrange things and provide you with more information.  via email

If you have time to help with the search please do contact Kate! It is very heart breaking that this good man has been missing for so long and there is no trace of him.

Roel Loopers

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