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Lost tourist's family 'helpless'

Jamie Neale
Some of Mr Neale's belongings were found at his hostel

A relative of a 19-year-old backpacker missing in Australia said his family feels "helpless" as the hunt continues.

Jamie Neale, from Muswell Hill, north London, was last seen on Friday. Police believe he left his hostel in New South Wales for a walk in the Blue Mountains.

The teenager's aunt Caroline Neale said: "Everyone is really worried and just a bit helpless that we're not there helping look for him."

His father Richard Cass has flown to Sydney to assist the search.

'Nightmare'

The alarm was raised after Mr Neale failed to turn up for a tour on Saturday.

New South Wales police said some of his belongings, including his mobile phone and personal papers, were found at the hostel.

Miss Neale told BBC London: "It's been a nightmare. I'm hopeful that maybe he's fallen down, broken a leg, can't get to anywhere and that we're going to find him safe and sound."

Mr Neale's brother Gary, 27, said he had only been in Australia for a month before he went missing.

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