He's our son and has to be found: parents' plea
IT HAS been 11 months since Boyne Valley man Kurt Kempton went missing.
His parents, Warren and Jacqui, have put their lives on hold as they wait for news.
But their lives changed at least two years before this, when Kurt developed a drug addiction with ice.
He is not the only one.
It is Missing Persons Week and behind every missing person case there is a story to tell.
This week Independent Federal Senator Jacqui Lambie revealed her son is "an out-of-control" ice addict and she is at a loss with how to help him.
Her revelations came just hours after Northern Territory Police Minister Peter Chandler revealed the depths his 21-year-old son's ice addiction had dragged his family to.
Warren and Jacqui don't condone Kurt's drug addiction and said he made some bad choices, "but he's our son and he's got to be found".
"It wrecks so many families," said Warren.
"We used to say 'drug problems, they can get off it if they want to'..... but until you're slapped in the face with it and your opinions change," said Jacqui.
"Once they're on it, they can't get off it."
"We called (helplines) for him," Warren said.
"He was happy to do rehab in the beginning, but you had to be detoxed for two weeks and then there was a six to seven-week waiting period."
Kurt's family took him to hospital, but he was sent home.
They took him to a mental health and drug and alcohol centre where he was told: "If you came a bit sooner, we could have helped you."
"How do I feel after we told him that there were places that can help, this is where we start to get help… he got up and walked out," said Jacqui.
"I said to the lady, 'do you know how hard it was to get him here?'
"People are not all the same and you have those that need the constant help and immediate help to at least start.
"For some the effort and ability to do it is just too hard on top of everything else."
Warren agreed, saying there was just no practical help out there.
"The stories repeat themselves… it's a downward spiral," he said.
Jacqui said Gladstone police's Criminal Investigation unit had been supportive and again recently searched the area around Kroombit Tops, where Kurt would go to get away from things.
She said many families go through the experience and believe they can handle the addict themselves.
"It affects their mind so much and they become a different person," she said.
She said the day that Kurt left, he had come home, packed a bag and then left it next to where the car was.
"He just didn't take it with him," she said.
Kurt left the Kempton's family home on September 11, 2014 in a grey 2012 dual-cab Holden Colorado. His car has never been found.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au.