Missing elderly prospector found in WA

A land and air search is underway for an elderly prospector who became separated from his friend in Western Australia's South West region at the weekend.

An elderly man is missing in Western Australia's South West region after becoming separated from his friend while prospecting.

Police say John Donald MacKay, 70, was last seen about 5pm on Sunday in the Bell Brook and Toorak Roads area of Yourdamung Lake, about 30km north-west of Collie.

Police and other emergency services are conducting a land and air search as there are concerns for his welfare.

Mr MacKay is described as light-skinned, with white hair and a moustache, about 181cm tall and a solid build.

He was last seen wearing dark clothing, a wide brimmed hat and steel-capped boots.

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