Grave fears for missing Vic dad of five

Victoria Police say the disappearance of a 38-year-old father from Lakes Entrance is suspicious.
Victoria Police say the disappearance of a 38-year-old father from Lakes Entrance is suspicious.

A missing low-level Victorian drug dealer is feared dead after not contacting his family or accessing his bank in two months.

Doting father-of-five Dalibor 'Dale' Pantic was last seen leaving a friend's property at Perry Bridge on the evening of April 10.

Police are treating his disappearance as suspicious and believe he may have been killed.

Mr Pantic is believed to have been heading to Melbourne, but never arrived and his fiancee reported him missing three days later.

It is not clear if the unemployed Lakes Entrance man planned to meet two of his Melbourne-based daughters during the visit or the trip was drug related.

His silver 2005 Ford sedan, registration 1NK 8BP, was caught on CCTV several times in Melbourne in the days after he disappeared, but police say it was unclear who was driving the car.

A Samsung Galaxy phone owned by Mr Pantic was also found in the possession of an associate, police say.

His two oldest daughters Klara and Maya sobbed and wiped away tears as they spoke to the media on Tuesday.

When asked to describe their dad, Maya described him as "the best dad ever".

They said he rang them every day and he would take them to the shops or their grandparents' house when he visited.

Detective Acting Inspector Julian Horan said police were aware of Mr Pantic's connection with the drug scene in the Lakes Entrance, Sales and Bairnsdale area.

"He wasn't a big player, but he was involved in those circles," Det Acting Insp Horan said.

"Whatever Dale was involved in, whatever got himself caught up in, clearly he has a loving family behind him.

"These people are desperate for answers - it's heartbreaking to see that - he is obviously someone who cares deeply for his kids and they care for him.

"We have grave concerns for him."

He said there are a number of persons of interest in relation to the disappearance.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

Australian Associated Press