Original poster released by Australian High Commission, New Delhi
I arrived in Rishikesh 2 days after the news that Ryan had disappeared, met with John and then with Police. Australian consulate over the next 2 weeks sent 3 officers at various times to assist in the search.
Susannah Ray from Scotland and John had already hung up "Missing" posters all over Rishikesh and we continued this. Ryan's brother Jarrad and John's father, Stewart arrived about a week later to assist in the search and they were both a great help.
In 2 1/2 weeks we journeyed all sides of Rishikesh, Neelkanth temple, the Barrage and the forest preserves. Travelling up steep mountains, calling in every place which was suggested to us accompanied by police.
A German tourist was convinced she saw Ryan in Haridwar but our search in this area came up with nothing.
It was just so frustrating! So many people, so many posters up and it seemed that Ryan had simple vanished. Police brought in tracker dog (eventually) to no avail.
The Ganges was searched twice in this first trip and also the catchment area at the Barrage. This was to rule out the possibility that Ryan may have come to harm in there. No foreigners had been located there.
Reward Posters placed by Coca Cola India who were a great help after Ryan disappeared.