Concerns over missing Palmerston North man

06:10, May 02 2013

Friends and family of Palmerston North software developer Ryan McKay are concerned for his safety after he was last seen on Monday evening.

The 24-year-old man was unwell and had been vomiting earlier that day, spending most of it in bed sleeping after calling in sick to work.

His flatmates, Liam Mitchell and Luke Pester, were the last to see him - Pester chatting to him briefly shortly before midnight on Monday.

Pester said that McKay had told him he had been vomiting and had just woken up.

They believe sometime between midnight and 5am, McKay left their flat on Church St.

He left his only form of transport, a bike, at home.

A grey utility jacket with a grey fur lined hood was missing from his room, along with his work bag of papers, phone, wallet, and the front door key, removed from his multi-key chain.

Pester said they thought he may have gone for a walk.

McKay suffered bouts of insomnia and had walked to the Caltex Service Station on Main St at night in the past, but he would not have taken his work bag along for that, Pester said.

None of McKay's friends or family have seen or heard from him since that night.

He has been reported to police as missing, and his flatmates and friends have taken it upon themselves to create and post missing person flyers out around town.

They have conducted their own searches of the nearby area and checked he was not at the hospital.

All of them say it is ''completely out of character'' for him not to be in some kind of contact with someone.

Mitchell - McKay's his best friend since high school - said McKay rarely went anywhere by himself and he would always let someone else know where he was going to be.

Life was going well for Ryan, who had recently graduated from UCOL and started a job he loved at N Squared Software.

Ryan's mother, Chrissy Salter, said Ryan wasn't the type to seek help when he was sick unless it was really bad, and at that, he would have called her.

They would Facebook almost nightly or chat on Skype.

''He's a really good guy, quiet, gentle, not aggro, not on any medication, this is completely out of character for him,''

''He was just so happy and really having a good time with it, I can't understand why we can't find him anywhere.''

Miss Salter described her son as 6ft 2, with ash blonde hair starting to thin on top, blue-green eyes, glasses and a small beard.

He was probably walking on Church St some time between midnight and 5am.

Palmerston North Police Senior Sergeant Phil Skogland said police were investigating the disappearance, and anyone who had any information was asked to contact them on 06 351 3600.

A Facebook page has been set up to help the search. 


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