Massive search fails to find any trace of 75 year old Waikanae man

Thursday 24 February 2011, 7:04AM
By New Zealand Police


Despite an extensive ground and aerial search today for missing Waikanae man Trevor Mann, Police have failed to find any trace of him.

A team of around 50 Police and Land Search and Rescue (Land SAR) volunteers from Wellington, Palmerton North and Levin have spent another day searching for the 75 year old, missing since Monday afternoon, after he failed to return home from an intended walk.

Officer in charge of the search, Constable Ants Harmer says 11 teams of Police and Land SAR volunteers had conducted a very extensive ground search of the Hemi Matenga Memorial Park area and conducted urban searches throughout Waikanae.

"The Police helicopter has also conducted a comprehensive aerial search, from Te Horo beach to the Waikanae River mouth and inland."

Constable Harmer has fears for Mr Mann's safety, given tonight will be his third night in the open.

"Mr Mann is not equipped to be out overnight and we are now desperate for any information which may help Police locate him.

Police still want sightings of Mr Mann from Monday afternoon onwards. He is described as a male Caucasian, 5 foot 11 inches tall, of medium build with grey hair and a moustache. He is likely to be wearing shorts, a t-shirt and jacket, sneakers, and a cap.

"Police and Land SAR volunteers will continue searching tomorrow and it is likely that the search will be completed by tomorrow evening."

Anyone with any information as to Mr Mann's whereabouts is urged to contact the Wellington Police on (04) 381 2000.