The luxury car of a missing partner at Big Four accounting firm KPMG has been found, as his colleagues join the police search.
David Ibels, 43, went missing from the Mount Tamborine region, south of Brisbane, during the early hours of Saturday morning.
A family friend was the last to hear from him at about 4.45am, but hasn’t heard a word since.
Police sources said a black Porsche Cayenne station wagon Mr Ibels was driving was located on Monday. However, the father-of-one is still missing.
Mr Ibels normally lives with his wife and young daughter in New Farm, near Brisbane’s CBD.
He has been a valued, high-level member of staff at KPMG’s Brisbane branch for about 12 years.
Pictured: David Ibels enjoying football with friends in 2021. He is from Sydney, but lives in Brisbane
A KPMG spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that some of his colleagues are taking part in the search.
‘We are in close contact with and are providing support for his family during this difficult time of uncertainty,’ they said.
‘Many of our people are participating in the police search.
‘We are all hopeful that David is located shortly and is safe and well, and we especially send our thoughts to his family.’
Over the past three years, Mr Ibels was a key figure in the development of KPMG Australia’s $800million Brisbane headquarters at Heritage Lanes, in the city’s CBD.
The building, developed by property giant Mirvac, is powered by renewable electricity and has net zero carbon emissions.
Just one month ago, Mr Ibels was proudly posting about the achievement on LinkedIn.
It is understood Mr Ibels’ black 2015 Porsche Cayenne station wagon was found
‘Roll out the blue carpet…several years of hard work culminated in the opening of KPMG Australia’s new Brisbane HQ at Heritage Lanes this week,’ he wrote.
‘This is a brilliant workplace with exceptional amenities for our staff and clients to connect, collaborate, grow and make a significant impact.’
Friends and colleagues were quick to congratulate him, with one saying: ‘Congratulations to you and the team – I know you played a key role in driving the outcome.’
According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr Ibels has had a lengthy and successful career in finance and business consulting.
He studied at Sydney’s University of Technology before he started working at business consulting firm Capgemini Invent.
Mr Ibels then became a director at Barclays Wealth in London, before he moved to KPMG in 2011.
On Sunday, the day after Mr Ibels was last seen, a close friend asked Mount Tamborine locals on Facebook to keep an eye out.
KPMG Australia partner David Ibels (pictured), 43, has been missing from Brisbane since Saturday morning
‘We are very concerned about his welfare and would like your help in locating him,’ hewrote.
‘This has been reported to the local police but we would like the help of your community to find him.’
‘His wife and young daughter are very concerned and would like to speak to him.’
Mr Ibels is described as 6 foot 4 inches tall with strawberry blonde or red hair, a beard and blue eyes.
Police and his family are concerned for his welfare as his behaviour is out of character.
In a statement shared via Queensland Police on Sunday morning, Mr Ibels’ family said they were ‘concerned for his welfare as his behaviour is out of character’.
They urged anyone with information to immediately contact police.