UPDATE: Police say they hold grave concerns for the welfare of missing Kiama teen Scott Carrigan, who was last seen on Thursday night.
Lake Illawarra acting inspector Matt Glasgow said Mr Carrigan, 19, was reported missing when he failed to return home after being dropped off at a friend’s Albion Park house to collect his car about 9.45pm.
Mr Carrigan’s parents contacted police several hours after he was last seen.
Insp Glasgow said police were concerned about Mr Carrigan’s welfare due to “comments made on Facebook” written shortly before the teen went missing.
He said police had conducted numerous searches without success.
Mr Carrigan is described as Caucasian with a large build and between 190cm and 195cm tall.
He has dark hair and brown eyes and was unshaven when he was last seen.
He was driving a black Holden Commodore with registration AK 75 CO.
EARLIER: A Facebook site set up to help find a missing Kiama teen has attracted more than 8000 likes since Friday.
Scott Carrigan’s family and friends are desperately searching for information on the 19-year-old’s whereabouts after he disappeared on Thursday night.
According to the Help Us Find Scott Carrigan Facebook page, he was last seen in Wollongong about 9pm before he later posted a ‘‘sad status’’ to his own Facebook page from the Albion Park area at 11pm.
His phone has been off since.
Scott owns a 2006 black Holden VZ Calais, registration plate AK7 5CO with green P plates, white wall tyres and venetian blinds in the rear window.
The car is pictured with door stickers in several photos posted on social media, but the stickers had been removed prior to Scott’s disappearance.
The Facebook page urges people to double-check the registration if they think they see the car following several reported ‘‘sightings’’ involving one of Scott’s mates, who has a similar car.
Scott is known to frequent the area from Wollongong to Nowra.
Friends and family have taken to social media to spread the word using the hashtag #findscottsafe.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
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