Search launched in southern Sydney for suspected disappearance of man

She said he wasn’t in trouble and seemed fine when she spoke to him on Friday.

“Me and my family just want answers. It’s really frustrating not knowing what’s going on.”

Police requested multiple pieces of public information to locate Popovski and detectives have now formed Strike Force Yaminbah to investigate his disappearance. The murder commission of the State Criminal Police Office is involved in the investigation.

Police said they would conduct a land search in Kogarah on Thursday with the support of public order and riot police.

Officers will search the areas around Cross Lane, French Street, Cross Street and President Avenue in Kogarah.

Superintendent Rohan Cramsie said the circumstances surrounding Popovski’s disappearance escalated because going weeks without contact was uncharacteristic.

“He hasn’t been reported [missing] earlier and investigators believe he has limited access to funds or funds. So when you put those things together, that’s worrying and the family is concerned and they’re after some answers,” he said.

Cramsie confirmed police were “open-minded” to his disappearance and said if anyone has any more information, it could be the “final piece of the puzzle”.

“Mr. Popovski was known to local police, but … I have no intention of expanding on Mr. Popovski’s story at this time, but that will certainly be part of our investigation,” he said.

Police described Popovski as having an olive complexion of Caucasian appearance, between 165 and 170 centimeters tall, of thin build, with black hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen in a dark shirt, dark pants and possibly glasses.

Police have urged anyone with information to contact Kogarah Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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