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Missing Canberra man packed clothes and withdrew money before disappearing

Police have repeated a call for Canberrans to help locate 36-year old Chisholm man Robert Sigismundi who disappeared without notice more than a week ago.

Acting Superintendent Harry Hains said the disappearance of Mr Sigismundi – described as a rock of his family – was completely out of character and concerning for his friends, siblings and police.

Mr Sigismundi was last seen at the Fyshwick ANZ branch at 9.55am on January 5 wearing knee length denim shorts, a dark coloured T-shirt with writing and graphics on it and a dark coloured cap and sunglasses.

Superintendent Hains said Mr Sigismundi left his home around 7am with "a substantial amount of clothes" and withdrew "quite a large amount of money from the bank" before disappearing.

"Robert has an ability to live off the land and an ability to get out bush and is well known for that," he said.

Superintendent Hains said police had already searched camping and bush walking destinations in the ACT and did not believe Mr Sigismundi had left the country.


According to police, Mr Sigismundi was driving a white 2005 Mazda Bravo Ute with the ACT registration place YDS20L.

"Robert, from all police investigations, enjoys a very close family network with his mother and father and siblings and cousins who all reside here in Canberra," Superintendent Hains said.

"Robert has a full-time job and he enjoys quite a good lifestyle with the normal financial stresses that every one of us has in terms of mortgages and things like that.

"Prior to his disappearance, daily contact was a normal occurrence and he is seen as rock of his family, who are concerned and worried because this is so out of character."

Superintendent Hains said Mr Sigismundi was an avid member of the pigeon racing community in Canberra and Newcastle, although no members were aware of his location.

"Robert is in no trouble with police and all we are concerned about is that this is so out of character," he said.

"We encourage him, or anyone who has seen him, to contact local police."

Mr Sigismundi is described as about 177cm (5'10") tall, medium-build, with blue eyes and short light brown hair. 

Anyone who has seen Mr Sigismundi or knows of his whereabouts should call police on 131 444.