Another male backpacker is missing again. No, he’s not in Asia this time, but in the Land Down Under.
According to police reports, Ilario Viviani, an Italian national, was last visible to the public eyes around 7pm on Saturday in a farm on the Isis River.
The 26-year-old Italian backpacker had been working as a fruit picker in the Childers region and was believed to have gone off to an area in the property where he works and stays with his girlfriend.
Family and friends of the missing backpacker were alarmed when Viviani had not made contact with them since then, and concerns were held for his safety.
To find Viviani, the police began their search at the campsite where he wandered off according to Senior Constable Grant Klassen.
Klassen said the property was about 100 hectares and resources on the ground had been concentrated on clearing it before the search was expanded.
However, the police failed in their first-day search. On the second day of finding the Italian backpacker, more than 20 police and State Emergency Service workers spent searching a neighboring national park and nearby creek. Unfortunately, the emergency crews still could not find him. It seems that the search is difficult because the place is very vast and bushy.
Furthermore, the authorities are also considering the angle that Viviani may have gotten into a car Saturday night.
A CCTV footage has been released that saw a vehicle in service station about the same time the Italian national went missing. But whether Viviani got into the vehicle or not, is still under investigation.
The police also said that they would look at the dams located in a citrus farm around Childers as the search for the fruit picker enters its third day.
To help them find the man, police are now urging people in the Childers area to provide any information regarding the missing man’s whereabouts.
Missing Viviani is said to be around 185 cm tall, with a slim build, light brown hair and has tattoos on both shoulders.
As what he was wearing when he was last seen, reports say that Viviani wore sunglasses, a blue Van’s jacket, a grey Billabong shirt as well as blue jeans and grey Volley shoes.
Authorities ask southern Queensland residents to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if the Italian national is found.
I just hope that there’s no foul play on this case because it might trigger another shame and hatred on the part of the man’s family and his country. Hopefully, the authorities will soon find the backpacker so that some bad speculations about him will be finally dismissed. Well, they just need to double their efforts to search for the missing Italian backpacker. More efforts please!