11 Oct 2018 5:06pm
A three-day police search of an area west of Kimba on Eyre Peninsula for missing Adelaide man Scott Redman has ended with nothing significant located.
There have been no sightings of Mr Redman, 19, since April and investigators have not been able to find any indication that he is still alive.
His disappearance has been declared a Major Crime.
On 21 April Mr Redman was believed to have been an occupant in a black SUV involved in a brief police pursuit in the region.
After police terminated the pursuit it is believed the vehicle turned off the Eyre Highway onto a dirt road.
Two days later, on 23 April, the other occupant of the car was arrested in Whyalla after he hitchhiked from Middleback Range, with the SUV found abandoned on 25 April at Secret Rocks, about 40km east of Kimba.
The associate formally reported Mr Redman missing on 24 April.
Police have conducted a number of searches in the area since that time, in addition to making other inquiries in the area and in Adelaide, however they have found no sign of Mr Redman.
This week about 35 searchers, including eight officers from the Mounted Operations Unit, searched a 12sqkm area where investigators believe Mr Redman and his associate were during the 24 hours after they abandoned the SUV.
Police from STAR Group, State Tactical Response Group, and Whyalla are also involved in the search which was centered on an area of dense scrub land.
“We have advised Mr Redman’s family we are treating this matter as a murder,” Detective Superintendent Des Bray, the officer in charge of Major Crime Investigation Branch, said.
“If anyone has information that may assist in locating Scott they should ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 immediately.”
Photo: Mounted Operation pack up at the end of Tuesday's search
Photographs: Searchers at the location on Eyre Peninsula on Tuesday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or report on-line at https://crimestopperssa.com.au - You can remain anonymous.