Concerns for Queenstown teenager

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 18:28 09/08/2012
REPORTED MISSING: Shin Takizawa seen withdrawing money from an ATM at Remarkables Park in Queenstown.
REPORTED MISSING: Shin Takizawa seen withdrawing money from an ATM at Remarkables Park in Queenstown.

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Police have "real concerns" for the safety of a Queenstown teenager, who hasn't been seen since Tuesday.

One of the last sightings of 18-year-old Shin Takizawa was in Tarras, near Wanaka, about 4pm that day, but police said they now believed him to be somewhere in the Mackenzie Country.

Just a few hours before the sighting in Tarras, Takizawa drew money from an ATM at Remarkables Park in Queenstown.

Police would not say why they held fears for the safety of Takizawa, but Queenstown Sergeant Derek Ealson said it was important people who may have seen him got in touch with police.

"We have real concerns about his safety and would ask anyone who has seen Mr Takizawa or his red Mazda Cronos car to get in touch with Queenstown police."

Takizawa was last seen driving on State Highway 8 in a car with the licence plate XRJ2074.

Ealson said investigations had so far failed to turn up any leads, so they now had to appeal to the public.

"Police inquiries with the Department of Conservation in Tekapo and Mt Cook, and with local backpackers and hotels in the area have failed to provide any information about Mr Takizawa's whereabouts."

Takizawa was reported missing last night by workmates and his mother, who he lives with.

He was due back at work tomorrow morning at a Queenstown restaurant where he worked as a chef.

Takizawa is New Zealand-born, but of Japanese descent. He is a slight to medium build and height with short-length black hair. He was last seen wearing a distinctive multi-coloured baseball cap and casual clothing.

Anyone with information should call Queenstown Police on 03 441 1600 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111

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