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Come home mate, plea to missing 18-year-old

Missing teenager Reece Austin's brother Wade and mother Gillian appeal for the safe return of their loved one.
Missing teenager Reece Austin's brother Wade and mother Gillian appeal for the safe return of their loved one. David Nielsen

THE brother of a missing Leichhardt teen has made an emotional plea for his return, saying: "Come home mate - you're not in trouble."

Reece Austin, 18, left his Bass St home on Tuesday afternoon and was last seen walking into bushland behind May St, without shoes, water, his wallet or mobile phone.

His elder brother Wade, 19, pleaded for Reece to come home, or at least go to his own house in Leichhardt, and said he would take care of him and he wasn't in trouble.

"You are welcome at my house anytime mate, you know that," Wade said yesterday.

No one is angry at you - I hope you realise that. The quicker the better mate - we just want to know you are safe and well.

His mother Gillian said she would just be grateful for Reece to make contact with his family.

"We just want as many eyes out there as possible looking for him," Mrs Austin said. "Just tell someone you're all right."

Reece Austin
Reece Austin Contributed

Ipswich police inspector Keith McDonald said there had been two possible sightings of the tall blond teen, who completed Year 12 at Ipswich State High School last year.

"The story has generated a lot of publicity and we've had two reports of people seeing him walking which is a good thing," Insp McDonald said.

Police began searching bushland behind Leichhardt covering a stretch of territory 3km long by 500m at first light on Wednesday morning.

Officers set up a command centre at the end of Jane St and later turned their attention to Denmark Hill.

The Austin family said they weren't worried Reece had met with foul play but were concerned given it had been three days today since he had made contact with family or friends.

Topics:  ipswich state high school, leichhardt, missing persons




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