'Serious concerns' for man's safety

Whetu Teaola Hansen has been missing since November 24.
Whetu Teaola Hansen has been missing since November 24.

Police are working to quash any rumours of foul play at a rural Manawatu address where one man is missing and another cannot be found.

There are grave concerns for the whereabouts of Whanagnui man Whetu Teaola Hansen, 48, who has been missing since November 24.

Police became aware of his disappearance when they started looking for him on an unrelated matter on Monday, December 3.

A search warrant was executed on December 5 at a rural property on Akers Rd, Linton, where Hansen was known to visit.

Detective Senior Sergeant Simon Harrison said Manawatu armed police are undertaking an investigation involving a Linton address because Hansen has not been seen for several weeks.

"We are here at this properties because information we've received is that this may be one of the last properties he has been at," he said. "Officers at the property are looking for any evidence that shows he has been at the property recently."

Harrison said armed police, using M4 rifles, were at the scene for safety and they should not cause alarm.

Hansen was known to police and there could be an unrelated matter behind his disappearance, Harrison said.

"There is no indication there are drugs involved," he said, "There is no information to suggest it is a drugs house.

"Police have serious concerns for Hansen's safety and we believe that there are unexplained reasons behind his disappearance, of which we cannot elaborate further on except to say that they are a cause for concern."

Harrison would not comment on any blood being investigated in property.

He said the investigation is being treated as a missing persons case - there are no suspects.

"There are two people who occupy the property, we've spoken to one of them, but we have not spoken to the second," he said. "We are unsure where the second person is."

It is expected the scene examination will finish Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

Hansen is described as being of Maori descent, medium build, approximately 5'8 in height, with brown eyes and dark greying hair. It is unknown at this stage the specifics of his clothing when he was last seen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Dave Wilson (06) 213 9595. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Manawatu Standard