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NSW RAYMOND SPEECHLEY: Missing from Dalmeny, NSW - 7 July 2016 - Age 77

Discussion in 'Australia: Missing & Unidentified' started by MULDER, Apr 5, 2017.


    MULDER Bronze Member

    Ray, or Raymond, Speechley, 77, was last seen about 4pm on Thursday, July 7, at the IRT Dalmeny aged care facility on Ruth Place, Dalmeny, about 10km north of Narooma.
    Despite extensive searches and appeals via the media, Mr Speechley has not been seen since.

    Mr Speechley is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of medium build with grey hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans and a dark jacket with a pyjama top underneath.


    Wife of missing man Ray Speechley makes heartfelt appeal
    12 Jul 2016, 12:24 p.m.

    The wife of missing man Ray Speechley has made a heartfelt appeal for information with no news since he disappeared from a Dalmeny nursing home on Thursday.

    Jan Speechley and the rest of his family are shattered by his disappearance and are hoping for any news at all as to where Ray could be.

    “He is the most loving, gentle and appreciative person you could ever meet,” said his wife of 58 years, who has been with Ray since they were children. “I think the not knowing is the hardest part. It’s just heartbreaking.”

    Daughter Nikkii Smith has been making appeals through social media, while their granddaughter Hayley who lives in Wollongong appeared on WIN Television on Monday night calling for any information.

    Mrs Speechley said her husband who suffers from Alzheimer’s had been in good spirits until three weeks before his disappearance, enjoying bowls with his mates at the Dalmeny Bowling Club.

    Then he had to go up to hospital in Canberra for a bone marrow autopsy as he had a form of leukaemia and the procedure had been hard on him, and symptoms of his dementia began showing.

    Mr Speechley had been staying at IRT Dalmeny for respite after that hospital visit and she had only gone to visit him on Thursday a few hours before his disappearance and said he had seemed in good spirits.

    Ray and Jan moved to the Narooma area from the Northern Rivers area back in September where they planned to live out the rest of their days.

    Mrs Speechley believes she chose their home at Dalmeny precisely because it was near IRT Dalmeny where he would have known he was going to end up living. Her own brother had been a resident there and they were both familiar with the facility.

    Ray, who worked as a boilermaker, was born and raised in Wollongong, and one theory is that he may have been attempting to get back to there area where he grew up.

    “He knew a lot of people where he grew up and had all his old fishing spots,” she said. “Ray is a deep thinker and he had been mentioning Wollongong a fair bit before he disappeared.”

    The family is at a loss as to how someone could disappear in this day and age and why someone had not seen something. They continue to hold out hope that someone knows something and urge anyone with information to contact Narooma police on 4476 2044 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

    Mr Speechley is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of medium build with grey hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans and a dark jacket with a pyjama top underneath.

    Police have been told a man similar in description to Mr Speechley was seen on the Princes Highway, Dalmeny, shortly after 4pm on Thursday.

    Edited by staff to add media

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    Missing man Ray Speechley’s family not giving up
    9 Aug 2016, 4:26 p.m.


    The wife and daughter of missing man Ray Speechley are now more determined than ever to find him after an extensive search on the weekend failed to find any trace of him in bushland.
    Jan Speechley and her daughter Nikii Smith are hoping Mr Speechley was picked on the Princes Highway by a passing motorist, was taken somewhere and will be found.

    “We are disappointed,” Mrs Speechley said. “They seemed so confident that they were going to find Ray in the bush. I got a shock when I went down there and saw all the people, cars and other resources. How wonderful are they giving up their time and it wasn’t easy and would have been so hard out there.”
    “I believe he is still out there,” said his wife of 58 years. “I really feel it in here that he is still alive.”

    Inspector Greg Flood said police could not rule out either possibility that Mr Speechley had become lost in bushland or that he had been picked up on the highway.
    He thanked all the volunteers from the SES, VRA, RFS and wilderness bushwalkers and also the Westpac rescue chopper that conducted the search in very difficult terrain on the weekend.
    Police would now take advice from experts whether to go back into the bushland to search the more remote and inaccessible areas, Inspector Flood said. Police would also begin preparing a report for the coroner.
    And as always, police urge anyone with any information to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Batemans Bay police on 4472 0099.

    Ms Smith has been following up several leads on social media, including a possible sighting at Goulburn on Sunday. She raced up to Goulburn and worked with local police, but it turned not to be her father.
    “Someone out there is looking after him,” she said.

    Ray, or Raymond, Speechley, 77, was last seen about 4pm on Thursday, July 7, at the IRT Dalmeny aged care facility on Ruth Place, Dalmeny.

    There was a confirmed sighting of him in the highway construction zone and then a short time later, Mrs Speechley was driving north on the highway though the zone
    when she saw someone leaning into a red-coloured car that had pulled over on side of the northbound lane.


    By the time she turned around and came back, that red or maroon four-door sedan similar to Honda Accord was pulling away and did not stop continuing to head north.
    It is the driver of this car that the family is desperate to make contact with.
    The vehicle was captured on a passing motorist’s dash camera.

    Mr Speechley’s Alzheimer’s disease deteriorated after he went to hospital in Canberra for treatment for a form of leukaemia and he had just been placed in the IRT Dalmeny aged care facility to give his wife some respite.
    The retirement home at Dalmeny operated by IRT has already improved its facility in an effort to prevent other elderly patients with dementia from escaping.
    "IRT is deeply saddened that Mr Speechley has not yet been found,” said IRT Care chief executive officer Craig Hamer. “Since he went missing on 7 July we have made it our priority
    to support the search and increase security measures at the care centre.

    “The dementia garden fencing has been upgraded and we're undertaking a comprehensive review of our policies and procedures. We continue to hope that Mr Speechley is found."
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    Search for missing man Ray Speechley continues
    7 Aug 2016, 12:36 p.m.

    The search for missing man Ray Speechley continued on Sunday but without any breakthroughs, despite more than 60 police and volunteers searching a vast expanse of thick bushland.
    Ray, or Raymond, Speechley, 77, was last seen about 4pm on Thursday, July 7, at the IRT Dalmeny aged care facility on Ruth Place, Dalmeny, about 10km north of Narooma.
    Despite extensive searches and appeals via the media, Mr Speechley has not been seen since.

    Coordinating the search on Saturday and Sunday out of the Dalmeny RFS station were the specialist officers from the Illawarra Police Rescue Squad overseeing about 90 searchers on Saturday
    and 60 searchers on Sunday.

    The coordinator said searchers on Sunday continued to focus on a search area with a 10km radius centered on Princes Highway extending north from Dalmeny, where Mr Speechley was last seen,
    past the timber mill to the north, an area totalling 215 square kilometres.

    Within a core area of 45 square kilometres this weekend, there was a concentrated and comprehensive line search of the thick bushland being done on foot.
    The known trails of the area and roadsides were searched in the initial two-day search immediately after Mr Speechley’s disappearance.

    Volunteers from the SES, VRA and the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad worked in conjunction with officers from the NSW police dog squad, and police officers on horseback and motorbikes.

    Local RFS volunteers this weekend also door-knocked an expanded area covering all the streets of Dalmeny.
    In the wider area, also assisting was Moruya-based Westpac Life Saver 23 rescue chopper.
    Local Narooma police officer Scott Wharfe had just returned from a stint being a set of extra eyes in the rescue chopper and has been involved in the search since Mr Speechley went missing,
    including the initial two-day weekend search.

    He said the chopper had proved very useful during both searches and it afforded a good view down into the bush. The weather had proved perfect for a search on both Saturday and Sunday.

    Volunteer searchers had come from as Dubbo, while the police dog squad and mounted officers were from Sydney, the police motorbike riders from Nowra.
    The VRA volunteers were from the Narooma and Bega squads, and the SES volunteers were from Shellharbour, Ulladulla and the Eurobodalla and Bega Valley.

    Mr Speechley’s wife and daughter had visited the command post over the weekend to keep track of the search.

    There was still hope that he was picked up by a car on the Princes Highway just after he escaped the retirement home and police are still hoping to speak to the driver
    of a red or maroon coloured sedan that was seen on the highway on Thursday, July 7 about 4pm that possibly had some interaction Mr Speechley.

    Anyone with any information should contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Batemans Bay police on 4472 0099
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    Special human remains dog being trained to find missing man Ray Speechley
    17 Mar 2017, 10 a.m.



    The family of missing man Ray Speechley are working with Search Dogs Sydney to have a special dog trained to search for human remains.

    Ray, or Raymond, Speechley, 77, was last seen about 4pm on Thursday, July 7, at the IRT Dalmeny aged care facility on Ruth Place, Dalmeny.
    He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and was at the facility on respite.

    Mr Speechley’s daughter Nikii Smith said the family in their continued search had wanted to hire the services of a human remains dog but the services available in NSW
    only came out at the request of police.

    “Thus in our own searches we were unable to obtain assistance unless we paid large dollars for a company to come from another state.
    There was nothing in NSW to help us,” she said.

    “This started me thinking about what I could do In memory of my father and so I started looking into starting my own search dog group to help locate dad as well as helping other long-term missing persons.”
    Then one day she came across the Facebook page of Search Dogs Sydney and she discovered this group wanted to provide the services that she had been looking for, free to the families of missing persons.
    She contacted Search Dogs Sydney in December and this group of what calls “wonderful volunteers” had the same passion that she had to help families of missing persons.

    On Christmas eve, the group obtained a new dog called ‘Rufus’, who will be trained as the human remains dog that will help search for Mr Speechley and other missing persons.

    Search Dogs Sydney are a non-profit group and since they commenced business in April 2016 they have been solely focused on specialised training of these amazing dogs and are presently
    funded by group’s president Chris D’Arcy and the volunteers, she said.

    “On behalf of my family I am trying to help them not only get their name out there to the community but also to obtain financial assistance and funding in the form of donations and sponsorship,” she said.
    “We presently have a sponsorship program, where people can sponsor a dog and handler for $30 per month that will go towards training, assessments, equipment etc.
    “Sponsors will receive regular updates and photos of the dog as well as the chance to attend the Search Dogs Sydney training session to meet their sponsored dog and handler in person and even hide to help them hone their tracking skills.
    “We are also looking for corporate sponsorship and donations to help build this group.”
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    Other Media relating to Ray

    8 Jul 2016
    Westpac helicopter, police search for missing elderly man at Dalmeny

    12 Jul 2016
    Family of missing Alzheimer's sufferer Ray Speechley search for answers


    Staff were hot on the heels of 77-year-old Ray Speechley when he climbed two fences and walked free from a South Coast nursing home on Thursday.
    In poor physical and mental health, with so small a head start, the enduring success of his getaway is a cruel mystery for his family to grapple with.
    “[The staff response] was pretty fast, so we thought maybe it would just be a day or so until he was found,” said Mr Speechley’s granddaughter Hayley, of Cordeaux Heights.

    “The nurses saw him climbing the second fence and they’ve left in their personal cars to go and search for him.
    He was spotted shortly after that on the main road just outside of Dalmeny then - never again.

    “We've had hope for a week and we've heard absolutely nothing - not a single lead. You have to assume the worst.”

    Mr Speechley, a former boilermaker, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about a year ago.
    He became a resident of IRT’s Dalmeny Care Centre on July 4 when his health declined.
    His disappearance has devastated his wife of 58 years, Jan, who he has been with since childhood.

    “She’s extremely distressed,” said Miss Speechley, of her grandmother.
    “She sits glued to the phone. Any time it rings she’s running towards it.
    “She feels like it’s her fault; that she locked him up in a nursing home.”

    Mr Speechley was born in Warrawong and he and Jan raised their children in Figtree.
    His family thinks he could have returned to the area, confusing it with his current home, and is calling on Illawarra residents to keep watch for him.
    “We’ve been around to all their old houses, all his old fishing spots, all teh places he used to bowl at," Miss Speechley said.

    IRT CEO Care, Craig Hamer said Mr Speechley had climbed an aluminium pool fence surrounding the facility’s dementia garden, then a six-foot high
    Colorbond community boundary fence.

    “He was very agitated and determined to leave — repelling an employee who tried to stop him from climbing the garden fence and using a lifestyle resident's ladder
    to scale the boundary fence,” Mr Hamer said. “Because an IRT employee was there at the time, we were able to commence a foot and car search immediately.”

    “IRT is taking a range of actions in response to the disappearance of Mr Speechley, including additional security measures at IRT Dalmeny Care Centre.
    “We have been working closely with the family, Police and rescue volunteers to support the search and call for help from the public to find Mr Speechley.
    “We continue to hope and pray for his safe return."
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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Thank you for this thread, @MULDER! Now we can get the word out on Twitter to people who may have not heard about Ray before!
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    MULDER Bronze Member

    Thanks @Kimster.
    Prayers for Ray and his family.
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  10. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Police renew efforts to find missing Dalmeny man Ray Speechley
    March 2019

    It’s almost three years since Raymond Speechley, then aged 77, disappeared from a retirement home on Ruth Place, Dalmeny.

    He was last seen at about 4 pm on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the time, police were informed a man similar in description to Mr Speechley was seen on the Princes Highway, Dalmeny. A number of comprehensive bush searches have failed to locate him. His family remains desperate for information.

    But today, police are stirring the public’s memory and have again released an image of a vehicle, and are appealing for the driver to come forward.

    The matter is set to be heard before the NSW Coroner in September 2019 and investigators are hoping the public might be able to provide further assistance.

    In particular the driver of the red/maroon, four-door sedan, similar to a Honda Accord, who stopped nearby to where Mr Speechley was last seen on the Princess Highway or anyone who may have been travelling north on the Princes Highway through Dalmeny at that time, and may have picked up a man fitting the description of Mr Speechley.

    He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of medium build, with grey hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans and a dark jacket with a pyjama top underneath.


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  11. Nikii Smith

    Nikii Smith New Member

    This is my beautiful father. Thank you so much for sharing his story. Sadly after 3yrs 2months we still have found no leads..
  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Welcome, @Nikii Smith
    I know it can be hard to tell from pictures sometimes, but your father looks like such a sweet guy.
    Hoping you don't have to wait much longer for answers. :(
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  13. Nikii Smith

    Nikii Smith New Member

    Oh he is the sweetest gentleman thank you. We have Coronial Inquest next week fingers crossed
  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I wish the best for your family! I agree, he looks like such a sweet man. Please let us know how it goes!

    :welcome: to our group!
  15. Nikii Smith

    Nikii Smith New Member

    I will do. And once again thank you for sharing Dad's story

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