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SES volunteers test a gully area at Silverleaf on Sunday as part of their search for the missing man

Have you seen David Heidemann? (Photo: QPS)

April 3, 2017

The search is continuing for missing Mondure man David Heidemann, feared swept away by floodwaters at Silverleaf on Thursday night.

Police and SES volunteers have been scouring creek banks and road verges since Mr Heidemann was reported missing as the remnants of ex-Cyclone Debbie passed through the area, bringing heavy rain.

Mr Heidemann, who is not believed to be a strong swimmer, has not been seen since he set out on foot from an address on Mondure Wheatlands Road at 8:00pm on Thursday.

He told family he planned to meet a friend who was waiting for him on Campbells Road.

The last contact that was had with him was by mobile phone, when he apparently said he was walking in waist-deep water.

Police, who confirmed Mr Heidemann was talking to someone at the time, fear he was washed off a concrete floodway on Campbells Road.

This floodway spans a creek which flows into Barambah Creek; water would have been flowing very strongly at the time.

Even SES volunteers had to take precautions when they were first called out to stop being washed away.

Mr Heidemann was reported missing after failing to meet his friend and failing to return home.

Police quickly began a search and were then joined by a swift water rescue crew.

SES flood boats and police in a kayak also searched along the creek and creek banks.

Police and SES volunteers have continued to search extensively along the gully the creek runs through on its way to Barambah Creek.

The water level in Barambah Creek is backing up into the search gully which is making things more difficult for searchers.

A command station has been established near Kathy Duff Bridge on Campbells Road.

Mr Heidemann is described as Caucasian, 170cm tall with a slim build, dark brown hair and hazel eyes.

He was last seen wearing dark jeans and a black zip-up jacket with a green motif on the front.

Anyone who may have seen Mr Heidemann or has any information in relation to his whereabouts is urged to contact Murgon Police on (07) 4179-5222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800-333-000.

The concrete floodway where Mr Heidemann is believed to have been washed away

An SES unit from Kingaroy ... SES volunteers from across the region have been involved in the search over the past few days

The SES and police command station set up near Kathy Duff Bridge

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