Plane passenger's soulful plea: help me find my mystery man
"My soul cried 'do something'," Tiffany Beese says.
She had met a man on a flight to Wellington, but didn't get his name or number. All she knew was that he was from Upper Hutt.
So she posted a description of him on an Upper Hutt Community Facebook page.
Her plea has been shared more than 40 times, with people wishing her luck in finding love – but so far she has not been put in touch with the man.
Beese, 50, of Miramar, Wellington, wrote: "I flew in from Melbourne to Wellington on January 5 and I sat next to a man, bright eyes, short brown hair with silver showing on the side, quite tall, over 5'10", wearing a Tree of life necklace with a red stone.
"I know he has two brothers in Upper Hutt and he too lives there. Has another brother on the Gold Coast. He used to live there for 11 years.
"He likes to travel and wants to settle in Hokitika and get off the grid. I believe he was brought up in Greymouth. He is about 45ish.
"So I am appealing to the residents of Upper Hutt if you know this man, or even if you yourself is reading this. If you to[o] felt a connection, please reply to this post." Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the flight from Melbourne, the pair talked easily, as if they had known each other for years, she said.
She got the impression he wanted to get her name and number once they got off the plane.
"He was hovering at the carousel. He had no luggage to pick up as he had told me he was travelling light. He was waiting to talk to me again, but someone prodded me and asked if I could help with their pram."
By the time they got to customs, the moment was gone.
She rang Jetstar and "appealed to their romantic side", but said the airline refused to hand over other passengers' details.
She had been heartened by the positive comments on her Facebook plea. "Romance is still alive. People want to believe in good stuff."