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'Wonderful' Thornbury grandfather found after plea for public's help

'Wonderful' Thornbury grandfather found after plea for public's help

A missing Thornbury grandfather has been found safe after police and his family made a desperate plea to the public to help find the “wonderful man”.

Paul Raines, 65, was found “safe and well” in Melbourne CBD.

Suffering from Alzheimer’s, he had gone missing and had last been seen leaving his Pender St home on Saturday morning.

Earlier today police and Mr Raines family fronted the media, saying they held growing fears for his safety after wild winds pummelled Melbourne over the weekend.

Investigators yesterday ramped up the search effort, enlisting the Air Wing, SES and all local police units to help locate him.

Search crews will concentrate on the Merri Creek and Darebin Creek line, as well as following up a tip he was seen at the ‘Welcome to Thornbury’ food truck park on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Raines was wearing a Collingwood Football Club cap, jeans and black, grey and red polo T-shirt when he left the home
Raines was described as “one of the friendliest blokes”

Sergeant Craig Zaheer said they had sought help from “every person they could spare”.

Mr Raines was wearing a Collingwood Football Club cap, jeans and black, grey and red polo T-shirt when he left the home he shares with his wife at 10.30am, with police saying he was known to enjoy long walks.

Sgt Zaheer said the grandfather-of-four worked as a bar keeper for many years and likely felt comfortable chatting to strangers.

“He’s very comfortable talking to people … and engaging in conversations with people that he doesn’t know,” he said.

“We’d ask anyone that does get into a conversation with him … to contact police as soon as possible,” Sgt Zaheer said.

Rob Raines said his brother was “one of the friendliest blokes you could ever get”.

“He will talk to anyone and everyone,” he said.

“He’ll approach people but he’s not the sort of person who will ask for help,

“He’s proud that way,” he said.

Daughter Georgia pleaded with the public to help find her father.

“It’s been too long,

“He’s got so many people who love him and we just need him home,” she said.