New line of inquiry in disappearance of TV presenter Jesse Baird and partner Luke Davies as police seek third person

<span>NSW police hold grave concerns for Sydney man Luke Davies, pictured, who is missing alongside his partner Jesse Baird</span><span>Photograph: supplied by NSW police</span>
NSW police hold grave concerns for Sydney man Luke Davies, pictured, who is missing alongside his partner Jesse BairdPhotograph: supplied by NSW police

New South Wales police are trying to locate a third person as the investigation continues into the suspicious disappearance of the former Network Ten presenter Jesse Baird and his partner, Luke Davies.

Police said they had “grave concerns” for Baird, 26, and 29-year-old Davies, who works as a flight attendant for Qantas. Both were last seen in Paddington on Monday.

“Following inquiries, detectives are looking at a line of inquiry that a third person may be able to assist with the investigation,” NSW police said in a statement on Thursday evening.

“Police are currently trying to locate him.”

A crime scene was established at Baird’s home in Brown Street in Paddington on Wednesday afternoon. Police then attended Davies’ home in Waterloo.

“We do believe from the crime scene at Paddington and from property that was located at Cronulla that there has been some sort of incident that has more than likely occurred at the Paddington address, and that has given us grave concerns for one, possibly both, their safety,” Det Supt Jodi Radmore told reporters on Thursday.

Bloody possessions belonging to both men were found in a skip bin in Cronulla before midday on Wednesday.

Police subsequently found blood when searching Baird’s Paddington home, and found furniture had been moved. Radmore said the amount of blood suggested someone had suffered a significant or major wound.

Police said it was too early to tell whether either man had met with foul play.

Detectives said neighbours reported hearing a verbal argument at the Paddington property on Monday morning – the day both men were last seen.

According to a report by Network Ten, Baird’s social media was last active late on Tuesday night.

“If any of their friends know their whereabouts, please contact us so we can speak to that person or to them,” Radmore said.

“If Jesse is seeing this, we’d ask him to contact us, as well as anyone that might know the whereabouts of Jesse.”

Police said they were looking into all of Baird’s and Davies’ relationships and associations as part of their investigation.

Two cars were seized from Baird’s Paddington home and a third was also located, according to police. A phone had been found. Police said credit cards had been discovered in the skip.

Baird began working at Network Ten in January 2017 before finishing up in January this year, according to his LinkedIn profile.

It is understood Qantas, where Davies works, is providing support to his colleagues.

“Our thoughts are with family, friends and colleagues of our crew member at this very difficult time,” a spokesperson for the airline said.

Police were appealing for the public to contact either Waverley police or Crime Stoppers if they had information about either man’s whereabouts.