Police fears for missing man

Police are concerned for the safety of a 27-year-old Taranaki man, who has been missing since Monday.

Police are asking the public for help in their search for Aaron Roigard, from Opunake, who was last seen at about 1pm after he left a Waiteika Road address on foot, following a disagreement with a family member.

He took a cell phone with him, but not his wallet or car keys.

Police launched an investigation after being notified by family later that day.

Detective Senior Sergeant Blair Burnett said search teams have been scouring many different areas with the assistance of a helicopter.

"Officers are continuing to make inquires, and today [Thursday] we have had eight search teams searching parts of the Taranaki coastline, farmland, and several mountain huts with the assistance of an Air Force Iroquois helicopter.

"Unfortunately at this stage we have not found any indication of his whereabouts."

He said the family were very concerned.

"Aaron's family is missing him terribly and we encourage anyone that may know of his whereabouts or has any other information to contact police immediately."

Mr Roigard is 176cm tall, of medium build, and has brown hair. He was wearing black clothing, including a beanie, a hooded jacket, trousers and boots at the time of his disappearance.

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.

A police spokeswoman this morning said that yesterday's search was very extensive.

"We are assessing our search options this morning, and more inquiries are being made. We're speaking to more people."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Chris Allemann on (06) 213 9536. People can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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