The hunt for four men missing in four separate incidents
across New Zealand continues today.
Police and families are continuing to try to work out what
happened to the men, missing from Hamilton, Marlborough
Sounds, Nelson Lakes, and the West Coast of the South Island.
Today, police search teams are continuing to search around
Greymouth for Christchurch 30-year-old, Kurt Millan Green,
last seen in the Blaketown beach area on Sunday, March 9.
A ground search yesterday in the Blaketown beach area did not
produce any significant findings, police said.
Detective Sergeant Sarah Illingworth of Christchurch police
said search teams were likely to return to the area north of
the Grey River today to do a further sweep of the area.
Helicopter or aeroplane support may also be brought in to
assist the search in some of the more difficult terrain.
"We are continuing to appeal for any sightings of him, or for
any information about his whereabouts," Ms Illingworth said.
"This remains a missing person enquiry and we simply do not
know what, if anything, has happened to Mr Green."
She said a number of calls have been received from members of
the public in response to publicity about the case over the
past 48 hours, but no firm leads have emerged.
Meanwhile, a large manhunt in Hamilton is into its fourth
Residents have been urged to check their gardens, sheds and
outbuildings for any sign of missing dementia sufferer Trevor
The 70-year-old from Kawhia was last seen on the ramp leading
to the public entrance of Waikato Hospital about 5pm on
Police have set up a kiosk at Waikato Hospital where Mr
Smith's picture is on display.
There is also a mannequin dressed in a distinctive, green
Vodafone Warriors NRL rugby league jersey, the same type Mr
Smith was wearing when he was last seen.
Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson, who is leading the
enquiry, said they were relying on the public reporting
sightings of him.
"A member of the public sighted Mr Smith walking beside the
median strip on the wrong side of the road on Cobham Dr,
heading towards Normandy Ave.
"We don't know if anyone stopped to talk to him or picked him
up but if you did, police would very much like to speak to
About 40 police and land search and rescue volunteers are
involved in physical searches while 15 detectives are
following up on sighting reports they have received.
Mr Smith is described as being clean shaven with a number one
haircut and of average to solid build. He was last seen
wearing the Warriors jersey, dark blue track-pants, plain
white sandshoes and a grey cap.
The key to working out what happened to missing boatie Kerry
Blair, 55, last seen on March 8 when he launched his boat in
the Marlborough Sounds, could lie in a forensic examination
of his boat.
His nine-metre aluminium launch, Erie, was found 200km off
the Taranaki coast on Friday.
It's been taken out of the water at Port Taranaki and is
undergoing forensic and mechanical examinations to try and
work out what happened to the commercial fisherman.
Mr Blair's brother Peter told APNZ this week that while some
members of the family were clinging to hope that he would
still be found alive, he said he had personally "sort of
accepted Kerry has gone".
The search for missing German tourist Christian Prehn was
scaled back almost two weeks ago.
His backpack, full of gear and personal items, was found on
March 1 beside a track in the Nelson Lakes National Park, but
police believe it may have been there since February 25.
Search co-ordinator Senior Constable Dave Colville said the
operation had now gone into a limited continuous search
phase, meaning further ground searches would activate only
when new information came to light.
* Kurt Millan Green: If anyone has seen him, or has
information about his whereabouts, should contact
Christchurch police on 03 363 7400 or Greymouth police on 03
* Trevor Smith: Police are asking that if anyone sees someone
matching Mr Smith's description to contact them by ringing
* Kerry Blair: Anyone with information relevant to this
investigation should call Blenheim Police on 03 578 5279.
* Christian Prehn: Anyone with information that may assist
this search should call Nelson Police on 03 546 3840.
- Kurt Bayer of APNZ