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Missing Melbourne Professor Feared Lost In Bush

John Forster has disappeared and was last seen at his Diamond Creek home on James Cook Drive at around 10am on Saturday.

The wife of the 58-year-old Melbourne professor has said that she is "totally scared" by her husband's unusual and unexplained disappearance.

A green Subaru Forester station wagon, believed to be owned by Mr Forster has been located 50km from his home at a carpark in Sugarloaf Reservoir at 11pm last night.

Authorities included search and rescue members, water police, SES members and a police helicopter have been searching the Christmas Hills area since yesterday.

Inspector Simon Braney has said that the search radius is currently around 1.5km.

"We have an open mind about what's happened to Mr Forster. He's a fit man, likes to walk a lot," he said.

"We're hoping he's disoriented, and we're out looking for him now."

Mr Forster is a professor at the School of Applied Systems Biology at La Trobe University.

Mrs Forster says that she hasn't seen her husband since Saturday morning.

"The kids had a dental appointment, so I took them...he wasn't home when I returned home," she said.

"It's out of character, so I decided to call police."

Mr Forster is said to be an avid walker and his wife said that he could easily walk "five or six kilometres in an hour".

It is not known what clothing Mr Forster was wearing at the time of his disappearance but he is described as being 180cm tall, slim in build with dark grey hair.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Images via twitter.

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