Police divers search for missing man

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 15:07 28/07/2014
Tupulaga Talalelei
MISSING: Tupulaga Talalelei, also known as Peter.

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Police are continuing to search for a 70-year-old Petone man who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Today the police dive squad searched Petone Pier but found no sign of Tupulaga Talalelei, also known as Peter.

Talalelei had lived across the road, said senior sergeant Bruce Adams of the dive squad.

They searched 30 metres surrounding and underneath the wharf for almost two hours.

Talalelei disappeared after being discharged from Hutt Hospital on July 12.

The search was part of an extended rescue operation, which started on Saturday when volunteers helped search a 300-metre radius outdoors around his home.

Sergeant Anthony Harmer said no further information was provided during the search. The search phase of the operation would soon be suspended but investigations would continue.

Detective Sergeant Grant Carroll of the Hutt Valley CIB said Maritime Police would also take up a water-based search between the city and Eastbourne.

Police were continuing to interview residents of the boarding house - where Talalelei was last seen in the communal kitchen at 2am on July 13. The resident interviews were for background enquires, he said.

The pensioner went missing, along with his walking stick, amid a bitter turn in the weather and Carroll said he had still not accessed his bank account.

Police are still asking for information from the public. ''If there have been any sightings, please let us know,'' Carroll said.

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