Police say they have no evidence to suggest a kayaker missing off Rockingham made it to shore alive.

Stephen Angel, who was fighting charges of historical child sex abuse, set off a distress beacon last Wednesday morning.

Although searchers reached the area just over an hour later, they found only his upturned kayak floating between Point Peron and Garden Island.

The 59-year-old’s emergency beacon was found later that evening about 2km offshore, just a few hundred metres from where the kayak was found.

While WA Police did not want to comment directly yesterday on the details of the search, Insp. Geoff DeSanges said a “comprehensive nationwide investigation” was launched any time someone went missing.

He said police had no information to suggest Mr Angel had made it to shore.

Inquiries usually include checks of a missing person’s bank accounts and mobile phone as well as interviews with their relatives and friends and it is understood Mr Angel’s accounts have not been touched and there had been no suspicious withdrawals.

Last week Mr Angel’s worried stepdaughters recounted how they had found his car still parked near his friend’s holiday shack where he kept his kayak after authorities launched the ocean search.

Relatives said the fit, experienced kayaker had bought a personal locator beacon last year but it is understood he did not usually wear a life jacket.

Mr Angel was scheduled to again face Mandurah Mag-istrate’s Court at the end of this month on the four abuse charges.

Insp. DeSanges said in the event that unresolved court matters existed for a missing person, the court might issue a bench warrant for non-appearance.

 

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