Alternative Name: Unknown
La Apoda: Desconocida
Nombres alternativos: Desconocido
Missing from: Royal National Park, Bundeena, New South Wales, Australia
Date Missing: October 20, 2018 (Saturday)
Falta de: Parque Nacional Real, Bundeena, Nueva Gales del Sur, Australia
Falta en la fecha: 20 de octubre de 2018 (sábado)
Aaron Payne was a Sutherland Shire hearing support teacher and a passionate naturalist and hiker. He was visiting the Royal National Park on his own that evening, apparently to conduct research on frogs which he was interested in. The lagoons at Jibbon and Marley Beach both offer good places to find frogs.
The last person to see Aaron was his sister who saw him as he left home in Engadine, Sydney. Authorities found his vehicle on October 20 in a car park along Beachcomber Ave. near the trail head in Bundeena. It appears he was heading into the bushland along the Coast Track by Jibbon Beach.
*The government notice says he was 172cm, was missing since October 19, and his vehicle was found on October 20 (Link). Most other sources say he was 165-170cm, was missing on October 20, and his vehicle was found on October 22 (AMPR). For this article, we have used the most commonly reported information and noted the differences here. However, please be aware that the publicly known facts in this case are somewhat questionable given the many discrepancies.
- Date of Birth: 1986
- Age at Disappearance: 32
- Ethnicity: Caucasian
- Nationality: Australia
- Gender at Birth: Male
- Hair: Short, Brown
- Eye Color: Blue
- Height: 5’5″ – 5’7″
- Weight: Medium or Slim Build
- Languages Spoken:
- Fecha de Nacimiento: 1986
- Años: 32
- Etnia: Caucásico
- Nacionalidad: Australia
- Sexo al nacer: Hombre
- Cabello: Corto, Marrón
- Color de los ojos: Azules
- Altura: 165cm – 172cm
- Peso: Figura delgada o mediana
Distinguishing Marks or Factors (Características Distintivas)
- Hearing Aids
- Aparato Auditivo
Medical Concerns (Atención Médica)
- Navy Blue Shirt
- Beige Shorts
- Dark Hiking Boots
- Camisa azul marino
- Pantalones cortos beige
- Botas de montaña oscuras
- Lámpara de cabeza
If You or Anyone You Know Has Information About The Disappearances, Please Contact:
- Australian Federal Police
- (1-800) 000-634
- Crime Stoppers
- (1-800) 333-000
- Your Nearest Australian Embassy
- Your National Police
Or use the QR Code (right) to find contact information for various National Police Agencies
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- Kolimar, E. (2018) ‘NSW Police call off ground search for missing bushwalker Aaron Payne in the Royal National Park’, St. George & Sutherland Shire Leader, 24 October. Link.
- Australian Missing Persons Register, “Aaron Payne”, Link.
- 9News (2018) ‘Search underway for bushwalker missing since Saturday’, 22 October, Link.
- Bundeena Info (2018) “Search for Missing Bushwalker”, 24 October, Link.
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Last Updated: June 19, 2023