AUGUST 11 2009 20:01h
The search for the 39-year-old Australian Croat is being carried out at sea and from air by helicopter. He was last seen on the highway.
DUBROVNIK, CROATIA Â– An Australian citizen of Croatian origin, Krunoslav Ken Medanic, 39, was last seen with a backpack on the Adriatic Highway on Tuesday, August 4, at 6.10pm near the town of Mlini, some 12 kilometres from Dubrovnik. Police launched an intense search after his brother reported him missing on Sunday, August 9.
Search at sea is being conducted by police boats and owners of tourist boats have also joined in the search. The nearby hills are being searched from air by helicopter.
Stanislav Stanley Medanic, the brother who reported his brother missing, owns with his brother the Â“Villa KvaternikÂ” luxury hotel in Cavtat. The brothers returned from Sydney in 2002 as highly educated experts and bought the hotel, a 16th century renaissance villa, from the Croatian Privatisation Fund.
The two brothers turned the building that had no electricity or running water located on the St. Rok hill side into a luxury hotel of the family type which was supposed to be the first in a chain of such hotels.