UPDATE 2.10PM: An overnight stay in thick scrub on Toowoomba's Range escarpment did not sour the spirits of 83-year-old Colin Clift.

The Glenvale man was winched from hilly terrain at Prince Henry Heights this morning after a 24-hour search involving two helicopters, police, State Emergency Service volunteers and firefighters.

His son Michael Clift said he had stayed with his father at his Glenvale Villas home on Sunday night, leaving him briefly yesterday morning with the intention of coming back to pick him up.

But when he returned, his dad was gone.

He said his dad had caught a taxi to Prince Henry Heights and was dropped off at Prince Henry Dr, near the entrance to Camp Toowoomba.

It appears Colin then left his wallet and glasses at the top of the escarpment before venturing into bushland.

A search intensified after his possessions were found, with SES volunteers, police and the RACQ CareFlight helicopter searching terrain in the twilight hours of the afternoon.

Firefighters were called in as night fell and the Rescue 500 helicopter used a thermal imaging camera to try to detect Colin's bodyheat.

A search continued until midnight and then resumed this morning.

The mood at the makeshift search headquarters was at times sombre, with fears held for Colin's ability to survive the harsh conditions.

However, their fears were allayed when a CareFlight helicopter crew member spotted Colin in bushland about 11am.

Rescuers converged on him to find him in good spirits and without obvious injury.

After a quick check over, Colin was winched to the safety of the hovering helicopter and flown to Toowoomba Hospital.

"He has been recovered and we are relieved," Michael said.

"It has been a long 24 hours.

"It is a very, very good outcome."

He said his father was a bit emotional after being found.

"He is in good spirits." 

UPDATE MIDDAY: An elderly man has been rescued after being stranded in bushland on the outskirts of Toowoomba.

The 83-year-old man was winched to safety by the RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter from the bottom of a steep, rocky cliff.

He has been taken to hospital to be treated for dehydration and exposure.

11.45AM: The RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter has winched a paramedic to the elderly man found after 24 hours lost in bushland near Toowoomba.

Authorities are assessing the 83-year-old's health to determine how they will get him out of the bushland.

He is located at the bottom of a steep, rocky cliff.

A vertical rescue crew is preparing to descend down the cliff to the man.

A vertical rescue team prepares to descend down a cliff to an elderly man stranded at the bottom.
A vertical rescue team prepares to descend down a cliff to an elderly man stranded at the bottom.

10.45AM: Authorities have located an elderly man missing in bushland near Toowoomba since yesterday morning.

The 83-year-old man was located about 10.30am.

There are reports the man is suffering from dehydration and exposure, but is in reasonable health.

Authorities are now planning on how to get the man out of bushland.

State Emergency Service volunteers, police and the RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter had been scouring bushland for the past 24 hours.

State Emergency Service volunteers and police prepare to resume a search for an elderly man missing in bushland near Toowoomba.
State Emergency Service volunteers and police prepare to resume a search for an elderly man missing in bushland near Toowoomba.

7.30AM: Police will today resume a search for an 83-year-old Glenvale man missing in bushland in Toowoomba since yesterday morning.

The RACQ CareFLight helicopter and State Emergency Service volunteers spent most of last night scouring thick bushland in the Prince Henry Heights area looking for Colin Clift.

They were unable to locate him.

Mr Clift's wallet and glasses were found on Monday morning across the road from Camp Toowoomba on Prince Henry Dr.

Emergency services co-ordinate the search of bushland near Prince Henry Heights.
Emergency services co-ordinate the search of bushland near Prince Henry Heights. Kevin Farmer

MONDAY 5.45PM: Police expect a search for an 83-year-old man will continue into the night after aerial surveillance of the Prince Henry Heights area failed to locate the Glenvale man.

The RACQ CareFlight helicopter flew above bushland near Prince Henry Dr this afternoon as State Emergency Service volunteers and police searched at ground level for Colin Clift.

Toowoomba police officer Senior Constable Des Neijens said Mr Clift's wallet and glasses were found this morning across the road from Camp Toowoomba on Prince Henry Dr.

"Our emphasis is that he is in this area," Snr Const Neijens said.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service officers were called to help with the search as light faded this evening.

BUSY WEEKEND: Two men were airlifted after being injured in separate incidents at the weekend.
BUSY WEEKEND: Two men were airlifted after being injured in separate incidents at the weekend. Kevin Farmer


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