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Aboriginal tracker searches for missing Coast man

Aaron Flynn has been missing for two weeks.
Aaron Flynn has been missing for two weeks.

BREAKING: The sister of a Caloundra man missing in remote central Queensland for two weeks will turn to an Aboriginal tracker for help finding him.

And Renee Napthali says she will continue her search for Aaron Flynn until there is absolutely no chance of finding him or his remains.

"I know my brother would tear down that whole bush to find me, so I'm not giving up until we've exhausted every option," she said.

"Until that happens, we will keep searching."

Mr Flynn disappeared after his car ran out of petrol on a 1300km drive from Caloundra to Charters Towers, where he was to attend a family funeral.

The 29-year-old left home on the morning of Friday, November 11, but ran out of fuel near the tiny gemfields village of Rubyvale, where his abandoned car was found a week later.

It appears he slept in the car overnight before setting out to walk the 7km back to the village.

A passing motorist saw him walking with a red jerry can and blue and white esky shortly before 6am but that was the last reported sighting of him.

Although the initial search for Aaron was called off because of the long odds he had survived, Ms Napthali said police and the State Emergency Service had agreed to resume the search and a team of 25 would go into the rugged bushland again this weekend.

After a brief trip home, she will fly back into the area and take the Aboriginal tracker to the area where Aaron disappeared.

"He will spend a few days trying to get some sort of idea of the path Aaron went," Ms Napthali said.

"It is a very spiritual thing he does and if he picks up something - some message - he will continue until we find Aaron.

"If he doesn't pick up any message or find any tracks, he will pull it up after a couple of days.

"After that we have the option of using a dog that is trained to find human remains - that's my last resort."

Ms Napthali said she was touched by the level of support she had received from the community and wanted to say thank you.

"It's beautiful that complete strangers are sending their thoughts and prayers to us - it's keeping us going," she said.

"We are holding up okay at this stage but it was very tough getting on a plane home from Townsville - I felt like I was leaving Aaron.

"I will feel better going back up there.

"I can't live with not trying everything I can to find him.

"If we don't go down every avenue I know we won't be okay with it for years to come.

"We're remaining very positive we will bring Aaron home although we have to accept what that may mean ... we just have to get some answers to what happened to him."

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