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Mystery surrounds Qld man's disappearance

AAP logoAAP 28/11/2016 David Sigston

After a prolonged and thorough search of central Queensland bushland for missing man Aaron Flynn, his family admits it's unlikely he'll be found alive.

Mr Flynn, 29, went missing while driving from Caloundra to Charters Towers for a family funeral over a fortnight ago and was last seen walking along a Rubyvale road with an empty jerry can after his car had run out of fuel.

Despite a search that has involved helicopters, horses, quad bikes, SES workers, and an indigenous tracker, Mr Flynn's family admit they feel as though they have now given up hope.

His sister Renee Napthali spent much of last week driving across Queensland chasing unsuccessful leads.

"I drove an extra 700km the other day just because a lady contacted me and said he came into a bakery and she was certain it was him," she told the Seven Network.

Inspector Dave Peff said authorities scoured 50 square kilometres of difficult terrain, but called off the search after two days based on expert advice that the conditions were not survivable.

"That doesn't mean he hasn't been picked up by someone or hasn't managed to get a lift," Insp Peff told reporters last week.

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

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