River search for missing man, 23

SEARCH crews will monitor the Murrumbidgee River in Wagga this week as part of a scaled-back search for a local man missing since Friday night.

Police say the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Brent Little, 23, at Wiradjuri Reserve remain unclear.

Sydney-based police divers left the area about 12.30pm after scouring the water on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, watched by family members believed to include his parents.

The low river level meant the divers spent most of their time wading through the water.

Their focus yesterday morning turned to deeper water opposite the spot where Mr Little is believed to have entered the river fully clothed about 8pm on Friday.

More than a dozen volunteers from the State Emergency Service and Volunteer Rescue Association members searched along the banks and surrounding bush.

Members of those agencies will conduct boat patrols each morning and afternoon this week.

Police were told a woman who was with him at the time heard Mr Little struggle in the water and, despite an attempt, was unable to assist.

Police have door-knocked locations where he might have been staying.

Inspector Peter Robertson said the exact circumstances surrounding Mr Little’s disappearance were unclear.

“We don’t have a 100  per cent guarantee that he is in the river but our other inquiries in town (on Saturday morning), at locations we believe he has either been staying at or being frequenting lately, have turned up negative,” Insp Robertson said.

“We’ve spoken to other members of his family (and) other acquaintances and friends of his and no one has seen him.”

Mr Little is described as of Caucasian appearance, about 190 centimetres tall, of medium build with light brown hair.