Police scour dam in search for missing Lockyer man
POLICE divers scoured a shallow dam on a remote Lockyer Valley property looking for any new leads into a missing persons cold case.
Specialist divers searched a Laidley Creek West waterhole yesterday after the rusted frame of a bike belonging to Plainland man Darrell Simon was found submerged in muddy waters on Tuesday.
Police defended the length of time between the bike's discovery and the dam search, stating the specialist officers had been reassigned to assist in the double homicide investigation in Logan this week.
But the search yesterday failed to find any new leads into the disappearance of Mr Simon, 44, who was last seen the morning of November 16, 2014, when he rode his black and green mountain bike along Mountain View Dr away from the property he shared with his de facto partner.
His disappearance has never been solved despite extensive inquiries and police man-hours.
This week's discovery is being treated as another development, with police renewing the appeal for information on Mr Simon's whereabouts.
"The investigation is ongoing and the finding of the bike is another part of that investigation," Darling Downs Detective Inspector Dave Isherwood said.
"That investigation has never stopped."
Mr Simon's father Laurence Simon said when police didn't find a body, he gained some hope his son might still be alive.
He said his son owed money to people he believed were linked to organised crime rings and when he defaulted on the loans, he was "done in".
"I do have a little more hope now that they didn't find anything," Mr Simon said.
"Now it might be possible that he has done a runner.
"But what the bloody hell has happened?"
The push bike was found in a dam at the rear of a 12.5 hectare property amid dense bushland which was not easily accessible.
Mr Simon questioned why his son's bike would be found in such a remote area if foul play was not involved.
His son was last seen about 6am on Sunday, November 16, when he got up, got dressed in black cycling shorts and a grey t-shirt, kissed his partner Sharon Rowland goodbye and left.
Apart from his bike, he was carrying only his mobile phone at the time which police tracked to towers at both Plainland and Laidley, but the phone hasn't been used since 8am the day of his disappearance.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.