The body of an elderly Tasmanian man missing for three weeks in Sydney has been found inside a major shopping centre.
NSW Police believe the body found at the Westfield Bondi Junction on Friday morning is that of Hobart man Bernard Gore, 71, who left his daughter’s apartment in Woollahra, in Sydney’s east, at 12.30pm on January 6 to meet his daughter and wife at the mall.
“Although not formally identified, the body is believed to be that of a 71-year-old man reported missing to police on Friday January 6, after he failed to meet a family member as arranged,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.
Mr Gore’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
He hadn’t been seen since he left an Ocean Street unit block to go shopping at Bondi Junction in early January.
The Hobart man and his wife had been staying with his daughter’s family at Woollahra at the time.
Fairfax Media said that when Mr Gore was reported missing, his son, Mark Gore, came to Sydney from Tasmania to help with the search.
“My father would not want to be a bother to anyone if he was lost, and I think it’s unlikely he’d approach a stranger for help,” Mark Gore said on January 10.
Mark Gore also said his father was in the early stages of dementia for which he was taking medication.
A spokeswoman for the shopping centre’s owner on Friday declined to comment other than to confirm it was “trading as normal”.