Opunake man missing for nine days: police want to find his cellphone

News from NZ Police
The team investigating the disappearance of Opunake man Aaron Roigard are seeking his cell phone in the hope that it may lead to locating him.

It is believed he had his cell phone on him when he was last seen. It is a Samsung flip top cell phone encased in a black leather pouch.

Detective Senior Sergeant Blair Burnett says: “We want to locate Aaron’s phone as it could provide us with avenues of inquiry that could lead us to Aaron. We remain focused and determined in locating Aaron and returning him to his family.”

The investigation team are continuing with their inquiries, completing area canvasses and are building a picture of the circumstances leading up to Aaron’s disappearance.

“We are still seeking any information or sightings of the green/blue Holden Commodore motor vehicle and of Aaron since he went missing on Monday the 2nd June, 2014,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Burnett.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Chris Allemann (06) 213 9536. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

News from NZ Police – June 8
It has now been seven days since missing Opunake man Aaron Roigard was last seen and despite extensive area searches by the Taranaki Police there is no sign of him.

Officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Senior Sergeant Blair Burnett says: “A specialist search team from Wellington along with SAR teams combed two farms in the area yesterday for any evidence to point us in the direction of Aaron. Over the last 24 hours we re-searched the coastline and roads in an attempt to find him and further area canvasses have also failed to shed any light on his possible whereabouts.”

“I also want to take this opportunity to ask farmers in the Opunake area to check their implement sheds or buildings just in case Aaron may have gone in to seek shelter from the elements.”

Officers are continuing to make inquiries and follow up on sightings of the Holden Commodore that was seen on Waiteika Road about the time Aaron disappeared. The driver of the vehicle has not been spoken to at this stage.

“I want to thank those members of the public who called in with information and the local media for helping with our appeal. We still want to speak to anyone who may know where Aaron is and I urge them to contact police immediately.

“Over the next couple of days we will re-evaluate our search options. Our inquiries are ongoing and hopefully some of the information we have received will shed some light on where Aaron may be so we can re-focus our search.

“We remain in close contact with Aaron’s family and we are doing all we can to locate him and reunite him with his loved ones,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Burnett.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Chris Allemann (06) 213 9536. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

News from NZ Police – 6 June
Taranaki Police are appealing for sightings of a Holden Commodore vehicle that was seen in the Opunake area when 27-year-old Aaron Roigard disappeared on Monday. The older style Holden Commodore Saloon coloured a dark green/blue was seen on Waiteika Road at the time of Aaron’s disappearance and Police want to speak to the driver and anyone who may have seen it in the Opunake area.

Officer in charge of the investigation Detective Senior Sergeant Blair Burnett says: “We want to speak to the driver of the Holden and anyone else that may have seen the vehicle in the Opunake area on the Monday. I want to emphasise to the driver that they are not in any trouble; we just need to piece together vehicle movements in the area as this could be crucial to our investigation.

“Our inquiries are ongoing and we are planning further area canvasses over the weekend. We are continuing to work closely with Aaron’s family to determine where he may have gone.”

A team of 12 staff are working on the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Chris Allemann (06) 213 9536. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

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