Brendan Dent was last seen in Alice Springs in May 2014
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- Created: Sunday, 02 August 2015 20:06
- Written by Elliana Lawford - ABC
Always waiting for a phone call', says brother of missing man Brendan Dent in National Missing Person's Week
Queensland man Brendan Dent was last seen in Alice Springs more than a year ago and his family is hoping National Missing Person's Week will help them find some information on him.
Mr Dent has not made contact with his family since May 2014, which his family said is out of character.
His brother, James Dent, said Brendan's disappearance has ripped the family apart.
"It's just a heart-wrenching thing, you're always waiting for a phone call to know one way or the other... it's not a fun way to live your life," James Dent said.
"It sort of rips your family apart in the end, you don't know if it's your fault he left or what's happened to him so it's really hard.
"I'd really like to see him again and just give him a hug."
As a part of National Missing Person's week Northern Territory Police are revisiting a number of outstanding cases where people have been missing in the Territory for a long time.
Brendan Dent will be featured as part of the campaign, and will be profiled on social media and in catalogues.
His brother hopes the national awareness campaign brings some answers.
"The more people you can get it out to and I guess spread it around and share it around then there's a greater chance I guess that someone has seen something in their travels and that they might remember," he said.
"I'm hoping someone, somewhere has seen something and it flags their memory, even if it's outdated anything would help.
"You know I really just hope the extra exposure trigger's someone's mind and at least gets people thinking again."
'Dad's not getting any younger'
Police said Brendan Dent left a caravan park in Mareeba in Queensland in June last year and travelled south through New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia.
Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Henries said he was last seen withdrawing money from an ATM on a security camera in Alice Springs.
"We've failed to find anything that indicates Mr Dent is still alive, but that said we focus on him as a missing person at this point in time because we don't have any information that suggests foul play," he said.
James Dent said he was hoping the week would bring some closure for his family.
"If it is his choice that he's moved on I'd really like to know that and obviously his Dad would, too," he said.
"Dad is not getting any younger or healthier and we'd really just like to know that Brendan's all right.
"We don't know if he wanted to go or if he went against his will, you know ... we just want some closure one way or another."
There are almost 80 "long-term" missing people in the Territory, with nine "outstanding" matters just this year.
A number of missing people's profiles will appear across social media and in catalogues this week as part of the national awareness campaign.
Source : http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-02/missing-person-brendan-dent/6666612