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Search continues for missing tourist, after car found at beach


News from NZ Police
Hawke’s Bay Police helped by LandSAR and Surf Life Saving teams will today search the Haumoana reserve and estuary area for the missing French tourist Pierre Paludet.

The 32-year-old was last seen in the area on Friday night.

Investigators are keeping an open mind about his disappearance and a thorough search of the area is the next step in the enquiry.

Police are following up a number of possible sightings of Pierre but still want to hear from anyone who might have seen him.

We are in close contact with his family who are very grateful for the support they have received from the Hawke’s Bay community.

News from NZ Police – January 14
Hawke’s Bay Police are searching for missing 32-year-old French tourist Pierre Paludet. The car he has been travelling in was found in a beach car park in Haumoana, east of Hastings on Friday .

Local residents contacted Police about the car which had been left in the car park for a number of days.

Pierre was last seen at his car on Friday morning. Police would like to hear from anyone who has information on his whereabouts. They are urged to contact Hastings Police on (06) 831 0700.

Police have received information from members of the public, via Facebook and in person at Police stations, and are following up this information. These include potential sightings elsewhere in the lower North Island, outside of Hawke’s Bay.

Police have been in touch with French authorities, who have also been of assistance.

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