Family of missing Indo-Canadian man renews reward

Sydney, June 7 (IANS) The family of an Indo-Canadian man, who went missing in a national park in Australia last month, has renewed a hiked reward for information about him.

Prabhdeep Srawn's family posted on social media Friday that it would pay A$50,000 to anyone who finds him dead or alive, The Canberra Times reported.

The family had earlier announced a A$15,000 reward but revised it to A$50,000 and took out an advertisement in the newspaper last Wednesday seeking well-experienced hikers or search teams to find Srawn.

Srawn, 25, of Brampton in the Canadian province of Ontario, was last seen May 13 parking his rental vehicle at village Charlotte Pass and entering the Kosciuszko National Park in the Australian state of New South Wales.

A law student of Bond University in Australia's Gold Coast, Srawn was reportedly trying to climb Mount Kosciuszko, the highest peak in mainland Australia that is located within the park.

The family's renewed offer comes after New South Wales police announced earlier this week that it was scaling down its search efforts and has withdrawn the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter from the search.

The family has been optimistic as Srawn was a master corporal in the Canadian Armed Forces, an Australia Defence Force reservist and had bushwalking experience.

He has been in Australia for two years and was due to leave for Canada in a few months.

He had done several hikes in Australia before.

According to facilitators of an official Facebook page, titled 'Help Find Prabh Srawn - Missing Bushwalker', they were closer to finding the bushwalker Wednesday.

"The private teams hired by family have narrowed down the search to a specific area," the report quoted the posting as stating.

Meanwhile, Srawn's sister, mother and father, who arrived in Canberra May 21, are planning to stay on at Jindabyne town in southeast New South Wales till he is found.

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