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Police hold grave fears for man missing from Shepparton

By Shepparton News

UPDATE 2:10pm:

A Police spokesperson has confirmed that the Police Air Wing are in the Shepparton area taking part in the search for missing man Umit Bolat.

UPDATE 12.30pm:

Inspector Andrew Stamper addressed the media this morning regarding the disappearance of Tatura man Umit Bolat.

Inspector Stamper said Mr Bolat was well known to police and had some connection to the drug world in Shepparton and surrounding areas.

Mr Bolat has not been seen or heard from since Sunday, August 12.

“We hold grave fears for his welfare and I’m here to appeal to the community to assist us,” he said.

“His family are very keen for answers, they want to know what happened to their son and brother and we’re very committed to finding those answers for them.”

EARLIER:

Detectives from the Missing Persons Squad are appealing for public information as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Shepparton man Umit Bolat.

The 45-year-old was last seen alive about 5.30pm on Sunday, 12 August in the vicinity of Wyndham Street, Shepparton.

Missing man Umit Bolat.

Mr Bolat was a long-term resident in the Shepparton and Tatura area, however had no fixed place of address at the time of his disappearance and was known to sleep in his vehicle.

Mr Bolat was reported missing by his sister on August 21 after failing to keep a number of appointments.

He has a highly distinctive yellow Holden commodore ute with registration YOC 741.

Umit Bolat's car.

About 10am on Tuesday, 14 August police located the yellow ute parked in a supermarket carpark on Benalla Road, Shepparton.

The car was unlocked and the keys were still in the ignition.

CCTV footage of the car at a supermarket car park on Benalla Rd, Shepparton.

An extensive review of CCTV in the area has been conducted and the yellow ute was seen in the vicinity of McIntosh Street just after 5.40pm on Sunday, 12 August.

Police also believe the vehicle was dumped in the supermarket carpark about 5.20am on Tuesday, 14 August.

Having examined CCTV of the vehicle being left in that location, police believe that the person who left the vehicle in the carpark was not Mr Bolat.

The person seen leaving the carpark at that time is described as being about 175cm tall with a slim build.

The person appears to walk towards Benalla Road, however it is unknown at this time where the person went after leaving the ute.

Detectives believe Mr Bolat's disappearance is suspicious and are appealing for anyone with information about his current whereabouts to come forward.

He is not known to have any associates outside the Shepparton area and has not kept any regular banking or medical appointments.

Mr Bolat is described as 165 cm in height with a solid build, short dark hair with an olive complexion and of southern European appearance.

Police have released a photo of Mr Bolat, along with an image of his distinctive yellow ute, in the hope someone can provide information about his movements or current whereabouts.

Investigators are also releasing CCTV footage of the vehicle being left in the carpark on 14 August.

Anyone who sights Mr Bolat is urged to contact triple zero (000) immediately.

Anyone with any information in relation to Mr Bolat or his vehicle is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au