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Fears grow for man missing in Qld bush

AAP logoAAP 21/11/2016 Melissa Grant

A Queensland man missing in bushland for 10 days is unlikely to have survived unless he got a lift after abandoning his car, police say.

Authorities are yet to uncover any trace of Aaron Flynn, 29, and have stopped physically searching for him, prompting his family to hire a helicopter for their own search.

Mr Flynn was en route from the Sunshine Coast to Charters Towers for his uncle's funeral when he was last seen on November 12 walking with a jerry can near Rubyvale in central Queensland.

His car was found last Thursday alongside Rubyvale Road, abandoned after it had ran out of fuel.

Inspector Dave Peff said authorities scoured 50sq/km of difficult terrain, but called off the search after two days based on expert advice the conditions weren't survivable.

"I want to be clear that doesn't mean we say that he hasn't survived," Inspector Dave Peff told reporters on Tuesday.

"But in the circumstances and in the area that we were searching, survivability was determined to be zero.

"That doesn't mean he hasn't been picked up by someone or hasn't managed to get a lift."

Temperatures in the area have soared to 40C over the past week and a number of Mr Flynn's personal items, including his mobile phone, were found in the car.

Insp Peff said it was possible Mr Flynn had left his vehicle although he had made no contact with anyone since and there was no way of ascertaining his whereabouts.

Although police weren't physically searching for Mr Flynn, he said, they were still investigating his disappearance.

"I want to assure the community and the family we have not given up," he said.

Mr Flynn's family are still hoping to find him alive but acknowledge their prospects aren't looking good.

"But we have to try our best," his sister Renee Napthali posted on Facebook.

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