The search continues to find the former leather goods maker who went missing

As part of Missing Persons Week 2022, NSW Police are launching a new appeal for information from the public for the whereabouts of a man who has been missing in Sydney’s east end since last year.

Robert ‘Bob’ Duncan, 80, was last captured on CCTV at around 9.40pm on Monday April 12, 2021 outside a licensed premises on the corner of Flinders Street and Oxford Street in Darlinghurst.

He was reported missing to police on Monday, April 26, 2021, as officers from the Eastern Beaches Police Area Command launched an investigation into his whereabouts.

Despite thorough investigations and multiple public calls for help from investigators, Mr Duncan has not been found or heard from since.

As investigations into his disappearance continue, police renew their appeal to the community to provide any information that may assist detectives in their ongoing enquiries.

Detective Inspector Rodney Pistola, director of crime for Eastern Beaches Police Area Command, said police had carried out numerous inquiries and other investigative activities across Sydney with no success.

“In our attempts to locate Bob, we have investigated domestic and international ports and visited northern New South Wales and Queensland, where we know he lived and worked,” Det. Insp. Pistol.

“Police also carried out a thorough search of Centenary Park and reviewed the CCTV hours of Sydney’s public transport network, which it often used to get around.

“His disappearance was highly unusual as he led a very routine life and did not usually venture beyond Sydney’s east end – particularly Taylor Square – where he would sometimes ask the public for money.

“He’s a gifted leatherworker who once made and sold bags and belts for a living, but more importantly, a father of two sons who don’t know what happened to their father,” said the Detective Inspector Pistola.

He is described as Caucasian in appearance, about 165cm tall, of slim build, with long white hair and a white beard. He was last seen wearing a dark colored leather jacket.

Missing Persons Week is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of the issues and impacts of missing persons and runs from Sunday July 31 to Saturday August 6, 2022.

If you have been reported missing, it means someone is concerned for your safety and well-being. It’s not a crime to disappear. You should report to the nearest police station with an ID so the police can make sure you are safe and healthy.

For more information about the campaign, visit

As investigations continue, police are appealing for anyone with information about Mr Duncan’s whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or

Brandon D. James