A Naenae man with autism who has been missing since Sunday had been paranoid that police were after him in the days before his disappearance.
Lesley Kriebel, 55, went missing from his home in Crawford Gr, Naenae, on Sunday morning and police said it has reached a critical stage.
Police senior sergeant Steve Harwood said there was concern that Mr Kriebel was hiding from police, with reports that he had been paranoid that police were coming to take him to a psychiatric ward in the days before he went missing.
Police search and rescue teams had searched extensively around Naenae and followed up on a number of sightings, but there had been no new sightings reported in the past two days.
Mr Kriebel has autism, goes out of his way to avoid people, and often walks with his hand pressed to his forehead.
He was last seen wearing three-quarter length blue shorts, a brown jersey and sandals.
Mr Harwood said Mr Kriebel had a history of similar behaviour, and had covered large distances before.
He has previously travelled from Petone to Kilbirnie.
''He could be anywhere.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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