LIVING IN HOPE: Sharon Rowland the partner of missing person Darrell Simon is still hopeful that Darrell will be found safe and well.
LIVING IN HOPE: Sharon Rowland the partner of missing person Darrell Simon is still hopeful that Darrell will be found safe and well. David Nielsen

Partner praying missing man is safe

THE partner of a Lockyer Valley man that has been missing since November last year said she was living in hope that he was still alive somewhere.

Sharon Rowland, who has been in a relationship and shared a house with Darrell Simon for the last six years, said that although her partner's disappearance on November 16 made no sense, she did not want to believe that he'd met with foul play.

Ms Rowland said Mr Simon told her a few weeks prior to his disappearance that he could "leave it all behind and just up and go" if he wanted to.

It is a comment that has played on Ms Rowland's mind as she continues to hope for her partner to walk back through the front door.

"It has been a stressful couple of months," Ms Rowland said.

"The nights are the hardest - not having him there.

"I still expect him to come walking back through the gates."

Ms Rowland's theory on what may have happened to Mr Simon differs from that of the missing man's father, Laurie Simon, who last December told the QT that he thinks his son met with foul play.

With barely a trace of evidence of Mr Simon's existence since November 16, either outcome remains plausible.

Mr Simon was last seen about 6am, as he left for his regular Sunday morning bike ride from the property he shared with Ms Rowland at Mountain View Drive, Plainland.

Darrell Simon went missing in November, 2014.
Darrell Simon went missing in November, 2014. QPS

One of the things giving Ms Rowland hope that her partner may still be alive is the fact that police detected a signal from the cyclist's phone near the Laidley tower - a tiny piece of evidence which may suggest that he was riding his bike towards his other property.

Mr Simon was known for occasionally leaving home for a while and spending time either on the Laidley farm, in the gem fields or with an uncle on Bribie Island.

Ms Rowland said her partner would usually take his International Scout truck with him and at least let her know where he was going.

"It wasn't right. If he was going to the farm or somewhere else he would usually take his truck," Ms Rowland said.

"I went over to the farm later in the week and discovered that his letterbox was full of mail.

"I sent a text message to his father asking if he'd heard from Darrell."

Mr Simon was reported missing the following Friday.

"He had a lot of unfinished projects on the farm," Ms Rowland said.

"If this was a case of him wanting to disappear for some reason, it wasn't necessary.

"Why would he leave us wondering if he was ok?

"I just wish he would come back. I wish I knew something."

The truck belonging to missing Plainland's man Darrell Simon. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
The truck belonging to missing Plainland's man Darrell Simon. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

A journey back in time

A journey back in time

Vistors enjoyed a glimpe into the region's past.

United front to fight for long term water security

United front to fight for long term water security

The two councils have come together to form the collaboration.

Local Partners