Police losing hope for missing man

Last updated 11:13 02/12/2013
Lesley Kriebel
Lesley Kriebel

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Police say they are losing hope of finding a missing Lower Hutt man alive.

Lesley Kriebel, 55, went missing from his home in Crawford Gr, Naenae, eight days ago and hasn't been seen since.

"As time goes past I think the chances of finding him alive are less and less," Senior Sergeant Steve Harwood said today.

Kriebel, who is autistic, had not been taking medication so his mental health was likely deteriorating, he said.

Police also did not believe he had been seeking shelter - if he had, his chances of survival would be higher.

Various sightings had been reported to police but none that had led to him.

When last seen, last Sunday morning, Kriebel was believed to be wearing black shorts, a brown jersey, and running shoes, police said.

He goes out of his way to avoid people, and often walks with his head bowed or with his right arm pressed to his forehead.

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