A search for a missing 27-year-old Taranaki man is now being
treated as a homicide investigation.
Opunake man Aaron Roigard has been missing since Monday June
2, when he was last seen at about 1pm.
Mr Roigard had left a Waiteika Road address on foot,
following a disagreement with a family member, taking a cell
phone with him but not his wallet or car keys.
Detective Sergeant Chris Allemann said homicide was being
treated as a possibility because police did not have any firm
leads on what had happened to Mr Roigard.
"It's not to say that it is a homicide but we are treating it
"It's still a missing person but there's some unusual aspects
to it that aren't sitting right with us."
Mr Allemann would not expand on what those aspects were.
"The only thing I can say is that we still don't have any
idea, we're open to any possibility.
"One of those is that foul play is an option."
Effluent ponds were drained over two days at the address Mr
Roigard disappeared from as part of a full forensic search,
although nothing was found.
"We had to cover that off because we just don't know where to
turn to next."
Police had stopped searching the area where Mr Roigard had
gone missing, but were talking to his family and members of
There had been a number of unconfirmed sightings between
Opunake and New Plymouth, but it "could be anybody", Mr
Mr Roigard is 176cm tall, of medium build, and has brown
When he disappeared he was wearing black clothing, including
a beanie, a hooded jacket, trousers and boots at the time of
An older style dark green/blue Holden Commodore Saloon was
seen where Mr Roigard went missing, and police would like to
speak to anyone who may have seen the vehicle in the Opunake
area on Monday June 2.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective
Sergeant Chris Allemann on (06) 213 9536. People can also
call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Lydia Anderson APNZ