Mystery and anguish over Noosa surfer as board found

THE wife of missing Noosa man Peter Maynard has confirmed a chunk of surfboard found off Bali is his.

Mr Maynard's wife Kylie identified the top section of a white Hammo brand board on Sunday, found by a local last week, as her husband's.

The Queensland father of three has not been seen since August 27.

He was seen relaxed and having breakfast at a hotel on Nusa Lembongan, a boat ride from Bali, where he was holidaying alone.

When he did not check out as planned the following day, staff discovered all of his personal effects still in his room and alerted police.

A local man found the surfboard section at a spot called Shipwrecks on August 28, but only on Saturday heard a man was missing and took it to police.

Detective Nyoman Wirijaya said investigators met Mrs Maynard on Sunday morning.

"The surfboard has been confirmed as identical to Mr Maynard's," he said.

"She recognised its shape, colour and brand."

The search Sunday focused on Shipwrecks, with police still hopeful of finding Mr Maynard alive.

The owner of the bungalows where the Sunshine Coast man was staying said his distressed family visited on Saturday and collected his belongings. Mr Maynard's wife, brother John and other relatives arrived in Bali on Thursday, after learning of his disappearance.

They were able to tell he had gone for a surf because a surfboard and a rash shirt were not in his room.

John Maynard made a statement to the media on Friday, saying the surf on that day was "relatively benign" and he hoped his brother would be found safe and well. Regular visitors to Nusa Lembongan described the island as "like Bali 20 years ago" and very safe, despite a little illegal gambling.

They said it was hard to imagine anything untoward happening to a visitor and said a mishap in the surf was more likely. But they said it would be unusual that a mishap would go unnoticed.

Mrs Thorpe said the ex-pat community in Bali had joined in the search and had checked the main hospitals in Bali for him.

"The ex-pat community has been amazing. They are just such a lovely family and a lovely, happy couple," she said.

Mrs Thorpe asked anyone with information to post it on the Bali Expats Facebook page, https://www.facebook.

com/ groups/expatsbali/

permalink/ 77419363262 3521/.

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