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Australia Family of missing Melbourne man Eimable Manirakiza enter second month of search

09:30  30 july  2021
09:30  30 july  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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a man smiling for the camera: Eimable Manirakiza was in a camouflage jacket when he was last seen. (Supplied: Finding Eimable) © Provided by ABC NEWS Eimable Manirakiza was in a camouflage jacket when he was last seen. (Supplied: Finding Eimable)

The family and friends of a "very loved" Melbourne musician missing for more than a month have issued a plea for him to be found.

In the five weeks since Eimable Manirakiza, 24, was last seen, his loved ones have mounted a campaign to find him.

With no clear leads since then, his brother Beinvenue Manirakiza, who also goes by Ben, said it had been a "very, very challenging time".

Ben was the last of his family members to see Eimable on June 23, at the Gordon O'Keefe Reserve in Werribee, in Melbourne's outer west.

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His family believe he was having a manic episode and had called an ambulance just before Eimable left his mother's house and set off for the park.

Eimable was wearing a camouflage top, black pants and high-top sneakers, and had his hair tied in a loose ponytail.

Ben followed him to the park, and lost sight of him when the ambulance arrived. It the last confirmed sighting.

"I have a message for Eimable … we love you," he said.

"We care for you, and we just want you to be safe. We just want you to come home."

Eimable was born in Tanzania to Burundian parents and moved to Australia when he was six.

Ben, 22, said Eimable helped his mother raise his six younger siblings.

"So Eimable's very loved, almost like a father figure," he said.

The 24-year-old sings soul and produces music, and is well respected in the Melbourne hip-hop community.

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"Eimable's profound interest in spirituality, his talent as a musician and his passion for his creative life have been very inspirational for me over the years," friend Kendra Keller said.

Eimable had a manic episode more than a decade ago, in 2015, and had to be hospitalised.

Friends and family said his mental health had been stable since then, and he had not required medication for years.

They say his disappearance is very out of character.

"He's a very responsible person and cares a lot about his family," Ms Keller said.

"But given the state that he was in, it's understandable, and the possibility that he may have been afraid of hospitalisation.

"We don't know what's happened. The possibilities are quite broad."

Police have conducted two searches in the Wyndham Vale area of Melbourne, with the SES on July 14 and both the SES and Air Wing on July 16.

He most recently was living in Point Cook but has lived in other parts of Melbourne, and has friends spread across the city.

Community members have reported a number of sightings, but none have been confirmed as Eimable.

"It's pretty hard. It's definitely taken a toll," Ms Keller said.

"And through the whole process, the deep love that everyone has for Eimable has been really evident. And I think that's what's kept us going and given us the capacity to keep on with the search."

Anyone who sees Eimable Manirakiza is urged to contact Crime Stoppers or the Finding Eimable campaign on 1800 717 568 or at finding.eimable@gmail.com.

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