Mystery surrounds Matt's disappearance

Mystery still surrounds the dissappearance of Cooma businessman Matthew Shirvington, who has been missing since June this year.

His car was found abandoned near Moruya Airport and police held "grave concerns" for his welfare.

But in a surprise development a few weeks ago, he was spotted in far north Queensland, working in a cafe.

Crime manager, Detective Inspector Kevin McNeil, said the circumstances at the scene of Mr Shirvington's car, found abandoned on George Bass Drive near Moruya Airport six months ago, led police to hold grave concerns for his welfare.

However, foul play was not considered a factor.

"Circumstances and all the information gathered at the scene indicated we should have grave concerns for his welfare," Detective Inspector McNeil said.

"There was nothing to indicate another person was involved."

Detective Inspector McNeil said police from Far South Coast Local Area Command conducted extensive land and sea searches in the days following his disappearance but he could not be found.

But it seems 28-year-old Mr Shirvington is alive and well and working in Queensland.

Earlier this month, one of Mr Shirvington's friends saw him working at a cafe at Airlie Beach.

The friend approached Mr Shirvington but he left without making contact.

Police have since confirmed with the cafe owner that Mr Shirvington was working there using the name Charlie Thompson, but he has not returned to work.

Detective Inspector McNeil said investigators are appealing for Mr Shirvington to contact them so that his identity can be confirmed.

"Mr Shirvington is still technically considered a missing person, and to our knowledge he has not contacted his family," Detective Inspector McNeil said.

Detective Inspector McNeil wanted to make it clear that Mr Shirvington has not done anything wrong and does not have to disclose his location.

"It is not an offence to be a missing person."

He said all the information police have gathered will be given to the coroner who will probably discuss it with the family.

"A coronial inquest has been set down for next year to look into his disappearance.

"Matthew and/or anyone who knows of his whereabouts is urged to contact police from Far South Coast Area Command or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000."

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