UPDATE: Grant Hackett has been confirmed alive and well, and has reached out to his family through police. According to Hackett’s father Neville, he is currently “in hiding” and “doesn’t want anyone to know his whereabouts.”
Grant Hackett has been declared missing by his father, who has urged the public to keep an eye out for the former Olympian.
The declaration comes just hours after Hackett posted a confronting image of his bruised face, and claimed to have been assaulted by his brother.
He had also been arrested at the family home on Wednesday after an alleged disturbance, but was subsequently released without charge.
Earlier this afternoon, Neville Hackett told the media he hadn’t spoken to his son in a few hours, and that his family is “extremely worried for him.”
The three-time gold medallist was last seen leaving the Gold Coast’s Palazzo Versace hotel around 7:30am today. Since then, Hackett’s father says “his doctor can’t find him, he hasn’t kept an appointment with his lawyer.”
Hackett said his son was “very depressed and not in a good condition” at that time, and that “[Grant] just hung up when we asked him where he was.”
“He’s definitely a missing person and he’s mentally disturbed and needs urgent help.
Hackett has asked members of the public to contact police, the media, or the Hackett family directly if they see the 36-year-old.
“Grant, let us know where you are, we love you and we want to help you.”
Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
Photo: Mike Coppola / Getty.
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