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New evidence found in search for John Shaw, missing since Christmas

John Shaw, missing after ute crash on the NSW mid-north coast. Photo: Supplied by NSW PoliceThe search for a man who vanished after crashing his car on Christmas has restarted after clothes were discovered in remote bush land on the mid-north coast of NSW.

There has been no sign of John Shaw, 45, a week after his white Mitsubishi utility was found on its roof early Saturday morning off the Oxley Highway, about 25 kilometres east of Mount Seaview.

Police believe Mr Shaw crashed the ute while driving home from Christmas lunch with family at the Manning River Sailing club in Taree on Christmas Day.

A search for Mr Shaw had been scaled back on Tuesday but on Friday police and SES volunteers began canvassing the area around Gingers Creek and further west toward Walcha.

It followed the discovery of what are believed to be articles of Mr Shaw’s clothing on Thursday afternoon.

Police believe that Mr Shaw may still be in the surrounding area.

“We are still hopeful. There is no indication that he has been met with foul play,” said Inspector Peter Dawson.

Mr Shaw’s family had been conducting their own search of the area in the hope the 45-year-old Australia Post worker would be found.

“We’re exhausted and we’re shattered because all we want is our son,” his mother Joy Shaw said.

Mrs Shaw described the area of her son’s disappearance as “bad country” and feared her son may have been taken from the scene of the car crash.

“We feel that he could have been picked up and taken somewhere by somebody in the car and dropped off somewhere,” she said. “People could have picked him up and dumped him somewhere, we don’t know.”

Mr Shaw is well known on the Mid North Coast for his involvement training young members of the Manning River Sailing Club.

He has worked for Australia Post for the past six years and Mr Shaw’s parents have been dutifully completing his mail run since his disappearance.

His mother described him as a wonderful man, who worked hard and was very well known and liked in the area.

“People have been absolutely wonderful and supportive and we appreciate it so much,” she said.

“We just want our son back.”

Mr Shaw is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 173 centimetres tall, with a medium/fit build, and black hair.

Police have concerns for his welfare because he requires on-going medication.

A decision on whether to continue the search over the weekend will be made on Friday evening. */]]>

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