Bush Search and Rescue participated in the extensive bush search at Dom Dom Saddle in March 2008. During the last week of March BSAR joined Police, VicSES, Country Fire Authority, SAR Dogs Australia, Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water in the large-scale search for 57yo Warren Meyer who went missing from a four-hour bushwalk on the morning of Sunday 23 Mar 2008 in the Dom Dom saddle area, NE of Melbourne.
Mr Meyer was an experienced bushwalker and was equipped with a GPS, mobile phone, water and some snack bars.
A total of forty-four members from various clubs, responded to three callouts over the four days of our commitment. Members line-searched the often dense, damp understorey of the tall forests looking for any signs of the missing person.
In the later days of the search BSAR leaders managed combined BSAR/SES or BSAR/CFA line-search groups. Search Group Leader Frank Zgoznik commented that the conditions were at times equal to the most difficult he had ever experienced on a search. After five days of strenuous searching and with no sign of Mr Meyer the search was scaled down.
Rik Head and Peter Campbell, Field Organisers
Bush Search and Rescue in the field on the flanks of Mt Dom Dom
Bush Search and Rescue follows up at Dom Dom Saddle: “Cold Case” Callout
Following Bush Search and Rescue’s involvement in the unsuccessful large scale search for Warren Meyer, just after Easter at Dom Dom Saddle, Police again requested BSAR’s assistance, to search for Mr Meyer’s body. As a result, nine BSAR members, together with Police from the Search and Rescue Squad, Dog Squad and Marysville, carried out further searching, in particular around the Cleft Rock walking track on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 April. Searchers were organised in pairs, which was found to be very effective for feature searching. Again, no trace of Mr Meyer was found.
Members may have been surprised at this “cold case” callout, as it is not something BSAR has done previously. As it happened, Police had raised the possibility of cold case callouts earlier this year with the BSAR committee, and there was in-principle agreement for it to occur. Our procedures for cold case callouts will be fine tuned as a result of this callout.
Duncan Brookes, Field Organiser