Hundreds take part in community-organised search for missing teenager Seth Puckridge in Darwin rural area

Hundreds of community members have come together to search for a missing teenager who disappeared from Darwin’s rural area four days ago.

Police said 18-year-old Seth Puckridge was last seen at his home near Ridley Road, in Herbert, last Thursday night.

Organizers said about 250 people have participated in the search for Mr Puckridge, in the Humpty Doo and Herbert areas.

“We’ve had people on foot, buggies, quads,” community organizer Naomi Blewit said.

Two women standing in front of a camera and speaking into microphones at an outdoor press conference.
Naomi Blewit and Shay Carter are some of the leaders of the community-organized search.(ABC News: Che Chorley)

Disappearance ‘unexpected’

A Facebook group set up by the family to assist in the search for Mr Puckridge has gained more than 1,500 members.

A teenage boy wearing a gray t-shirt sitting on a bench outside a house, at night-time.
Mr Puckridge.(supplied)

“It’s obviously very distressing for all family members involved,” family friend and local resident Shay Carter said.

NT Police have described Mr Puckridge’s disappearance as “unexpected”, and today said they held “serious concerns” for his welfare.

“Police received reports of several possible sightings of Mr Puckridge, but he has not yet been located,” Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Morrissey said.

“We encourage residents to search the grounds of their properties and report anything unusual.”

A man gesturing right, with a group of people wearing hats in the foreground, with bush in the background.
The rural area community has banded together to look for Mr Puckridge. (ABC News: Che Chorley)

A range of resources have been deployed for the search, including the mounted police unit, helicopters and motorcycles.

At the Humpty Doo supermarket where Mr Puckridge works, his colleagues told the ABC they had last seen the teenager on Wednesday and were concerned when he failed to turn up to work on Thursday.

“Everybody that has commented on social media that has seen that he is missing has said ‘he was our favorite checkout person'”, community organizer Naomi Blewit said.

Authorities have urged anyone with information of Mr Puckridge’s whereabouts to contact police.

Two people walking through long grass in the Darwin rural area, on a sunny day.  One is dressed in high vis.
Police say Mr Puckridge’s disappearance is ‘unexpected’.(ABC News: Che Chorley)


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