Brisbane: Author Andrew Stafford Missing


Leading Brisbane author Andrew Stafford has gone missing. His friends and well wishers have expressed concerns about his safety. The author was missing from St Lucia since 8 pm Monday.

The 44-year-old writer is famous for his 2004 book, Pig City: From The Saints To Savage Garden. It was a chronicle of Brisbane’s music scene of four decades. Its 10-year anniversary edition was released in 2014, reports News Corp.

Unconfirmed reports said the writer had posted a series of worried tweets on Monday evening. But his Twitter account has been found deactivated. Following the news, many friends and admirers took to social media to express their concerns.

Police confirmed Stafford as a missing person. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, people have been urged to share any information on him at CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

As per signals from mobile phone, Stafford’s last suspected location was the Cunningham Highway on Tuesday morning. But his phone has since been switched off. Police said Stafford may be driving a white Nissan Pulsar with the plate number 606GWN.

Many prominent persons have come out in support of finding the writer. They include Fairfax journalist Rohan Connolly, Newscorp’s Andrew Hamilton, radio host Jane Gazzo and author Benjamin Law.

“Sad to hear about Andrew Stafford. Hope he comes home safe,”Sydney rapper Urthboy tweeted. Latest updates said detectives have spoken to Stafford’s partner and are chasing some leads.

Pig City was Stafford’s magnum opus. Its new edition in 2014 stood out for the writer’s new foreword. The book even inspired a concert at the Queensland Music Festival in 2007. Pig City documents a comprehensive picture of Brisbane’s live music scene from the 1970s to 2000. In a metaphoric way, it also contrasts the music scene with the period’s political corruption and distrust.

Stafford’s most recent piece was in The Guardian. He was reviewing the Molly Meldrum miniseries on Channel 7, reports Courier Mail. Stafford was also a contributor to The Australian, The Courier Mail, The Age and Rolling Stone.

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