Last person to see Jason Gale said he showed no signs of being distressed
The last person to see supermodel Megan Gale’s brother before he went missing more than a week ago says he showed no signs of being distressed.
Family, friends and West Australian police are desperately searching for Jason ‘Galey’ Gale, the 49-year-old ‘very private’ sibling of one of Australia’s most famous women.
Mr Gale was reported to be ‘really struggling’ before his disappearance, having witnessed a colleague’s death in a gruesome workplace incident and grieving his pet dog’s death.
But when he stopped to buy petrol and water at the Popanyinning General Store 180km south-east of Perth on Tuesday July 14, owner Stan Maughan said Mr Gale looked fine.
He pulled up to the bowser just before 10am and the short stop in the bush town was the last time he was seen.
Mr Maughan told The West Australian the 49-year-old filled up his Honda CR-V and entered the store about ten minutes before 10am.
‘He got one bottle of water. It was $50 worth of fuel and $3 for the water. He was doing a bit of fidgeting there while he was waiting for me,’ the store owner said.
‘He was stretching and walking around but a lot of people do that. He was quite cool.’
Megan Gale (left and right) is the supermodel younger sister of Mr Gale – but unlike his star sister, the tradesman is described as ‘very private’. Ms Gale has, via a spokesperson, thanked family, friends and workmates for searching for her sibling, who lived on his own in WA
When Gale stopped to buy petrol and water at the Popanyinning General Store (pictured) on Tuesday July 14, owner Stan Maughan said the missing man looked fine
Mr Maughan described Mr Gale’s clothing as ‘ordinary civvies’ and said he wasn’t wearing anything too ‘flash’.
Mr Gale did not talk to any of the other customers in the store during his two-to-three minute stop.
‘Then he just casually went out, hopped in his car and drove north,’ he said.
Narrogin police have examined the store’s CCTV footage to examine whether someone else had been in the car.
The industrial mechanic was known for ‘going bush’ but Gale’s friend Belinda Murray said he had never disappeared like this before.
‘He hasn’t been the same since witnessing the death of a co-worker a few years ago, then the death of his beloved Doberman (dog) Badge on top of that,’ she said.
‘I wouldn’t be so worried normally if it hadn’t been for that terrible accident and what it did to him.’
Murray said Gale lived on his own and his dog Badge was his constant companion, ‘but he has passed away as well, so Jason will be feeling very isolated inside’.
A security camera still showing Mr Gale and his car in Pingelly, where he picked up water and petrol about 9.40am on June 14
Ms Murray said Mr Gale ‘really struggled’ after the tragic 2018 incident at a wastewater plant south of Perth.
Daily Mail Australia understands Mr Gale was one of a group colleagues who were there with the victim when he was struck and killed by a pipe.
WHAT POLICE KNOW ABOUT JASON GALE’S DISAPPEARANCE
Mr Gale was last seen on Tuesday, July 14, in Pingelly, south-east of Fremantle, Western Australia.
He was behind the wheel of a 1999 silver Honda CR-V sedan, with plates 1BOI107.
Mr Gale, from Bibra Lake, is known to frequent areas including Collie, Pemberton, Manjimup Bindoon, Gin Gin, Narrogin and Wandoo.
Ms Murray said Mr Gale is ‘such a gentle soul’ and was a ‘very skilled, very clever’ mechanical maintenance worker.
Friends believe it would not be out of character for Mr Gale to have ‘gone bush’ but said he might have ‘gotten a bit lost’ in the process.
He ‘loved all nature and animals,’ according to Ms Murray, and ‘wouldn’t hurt anyone or anything’.
Mr Gale’s famous sister lives in Melbourne with her family and has passed on their appreciation to everyone searching for her sibling.
‘They (the Gale family) thank everyone for their support especially Jason’s neighbours, close friends and work colleagues who have been assisting,’ manager Lara Messenger said.
Mr Gale, her mother, May, and the rest of her family live in the West and have kept low public profiles despite her incredible international success.
A West Australian Police Force spokesperson said Mr Gale was last seen about 9.40am on July 14 in Pingelly.
He was driving a 1999 silver-coloured Honda CR-V SUV, with plates 1BOI107
He is described as Caucasian, 180cm tall, with short grey-brown curly hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is urged to call 131444 immediately.
For confidential crisis support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
A still of Jason Gale’s 1999 silver-coloured Honda CR-V station sedan, with plates 1BOI107 when he was last seen a week ago