Increasing concerns for welfare of missing Masterton Man

Thursday 17 November 2011, 4:17PM
By New Zealand Police


There are increasing concerns for the safety and wellbeing of 42 year old Barry Sears, missing from his home since last Thursday 10 November.

Detective Sergeant Bill Van Woerkom of the Wairarapa CIB says Barry Sears was last seen leaving his Masterton home a week ago and his family are more and more desperate for information regarding his whereabouts.

Barry's father Martin Sears says, “Barry is a much loved and devoted father who is greatly missed at home, especially by his wife and two small children. His sons are asking when Daddy will be home and bedtimes are particularly hard. His wife is desperate for news and alarmed that something may have happened to him.”

Martin Sears says, “Barry’s disappearance has come totally out of the blue. It is completely out of character for Barry not to have contacted his family and unlike him to be away from his two boys for so long. As time goes on, we are all more seriously concerned for his safety and wellbeing, and it is critical that we hear something concerning his whereabouts soon.”

Now settled in the Masterton district, Barry is originally from Lower Hutt and is known nationally for his artistry in stained glass and lead lighting.

Detective Sergeant Van Woerkom says Barry Sears is believed to be traveling in a 1993 silver/grey Toyota Townace van, registration CZP104, with a distinctive red mattress with bright yellow sunflowers in the back. He may be camping by the coast, lake or river, and has associations with the Taupo and Gisborne regions.

The family and Police are appealing for anyone to contact them with any information, and for Barry to get in touch and let his family know that he is safe and well.

Anyone with information should call Wairarapa Police on (06) 370 0300 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.