Family fears for missing father

Missing man Ron Van Der Loon is very close to his son Connor, 5.  His partner Coral Clarke fears for his safety and wants Ron to call her.
Missing man Ron Van Der Loon is very close to his son Connor, 5. His partner Coral Clarke fears for his safety and wants Ron to call her. contributed

THE partner of a 47-year-old man missing in Mackay for the past month has said she is living in fear for his safety.

Ronald Jacob Van Der Loon, known as Ron, has been temporarily working and living in Mackay since May and had planned to return home to his Victorian family in December.

Yesterday police issued a missing persons alert for him.

He has not been heard from since he last spoke to his family on the morning of September 11.

Coral Clarke, his partner of eight years, said it was out of character for him to lose contact with his family, including their five-year-old son Connor.

“It's totally out of Ron's character. Friends, family and even people he has met in Mackay are in shock and saying it's not like him,” she said.

“I am concerned because I cannot express how close Ron is to Connor, who he calls his little buddy.

“Ron left Victoria on a temporary basis at the end of May as he had a temporary job lined up in Queensland that would do him through until he had more guaranteed work here at Christmas time.

“This was a hard decision for him to make as he is very family oriented and didn't know how he or the rest of us would cope but we decided for him to give it a go. We spoke every second day on the phone with a lot of text messages in between.

“On Friday, September 11, Ron had rung me and we talked about Connor and he expressed how much he missed us and said he would ring later that night to say goodnight to bubby. He told me, as he always did, that he loved me and it was tearing him apart not being with me.”

That was the last time Coral heard from Ron.

“Please Ron, if you are reading this I love you dearly and Connor needs his daddy home. We're desperate for some answers. If you're in any trouble please don't think no-one can help as we are here for you always, just let me know you are safe and the rest we can work through together.”

A police media spokesperson said Mr Van Der Loon is believed to be driving a blue Holden utility with a Victoria registration number of RWW 265.

He is Caucasian, about 183cm tall, of medium build, has brown hair and blue eyes. He has a surgical scar from his left knee to his ankle, a tattoo of a lion with a deer in its mouth on the top of his right arm and a tattoo of a snake on the top of his left arm.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or 24 hours a day.

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