Family's tearful plea
THERE is still no trace of the Bundaberg man who disappeared after failing to return home from a motorbike ride, despite search teams locating his bike in bushland yesterday.
Paul Stevenson's bike and helmet were found a few metres from the Gin Gin-Mt Perry Rd shortly before 11am.
Mr Stevenson was reported missing early Monday after he did not return home from a motorbike ride he went on at 4am Sunday.
A full-scale search of Paradise Dam and surrounding areas was conducted on Monday and was resumed yesterday morning around Mt Perry and Miriam Vale.
The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter spotted the black 1978 Honda motorbike during the search between Gin Gin and Mt Perry about 10.45am.
Pilot Dick Snell said the bike had been particularly difficult to see from both the air and ground.
"Our paramedic did a wonderful job spotting it," he said.
Mr Snell said the helmet was also seen next to the bike, which was found not far off the road near the Wonbah Winery.
Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said a land search of the immediate area soon began.
"He's nowhere to be seen," he said.
Mr Stevenson's family made a tearful plea for assistance in finding the much-loved father and husband.
Daughter Nikki said it was not like her dad to not return home from a ride.
"He likes to explore - he loves the bush," she said at a press conference.
"He's not stupid on a bike but obviously accidents happen."
His wife, Julie, pleaded with anyone who may have seen her husband on that day, to come forward.
"Keep an eye out for him," she said through tears.
- Paul Stevenson left for his ride at 4am Sunday
- He is believed to have been wearing a black leather jacket, a black full-face helmet and possibly jeans
- His motorbike and helmet were found on Gin Gin-Mt Perry Rd yesterday