Missing Katikati man found in Tauranga
Growing concerns for a missing mentally disabled man have been allayed.
Police said John Geldard, 49, went missing from his Katikati house on Sunday and they made a public plea to help find him shortly after 11am on Tuesday, but he has since been found.
Geldard was located safe in Tauranga after a family member spotted him.
In the short time their appeal was circulated police received a number of phone calls with information that would have been extremely useful had he not been found.
Geldard was last seen, before his disappearance, in his caravan at around 11am.
Police considered him "very vulnerable and is easily disorientated" when away from home.
There had been possible sightings of Geldard walking along State Highway 2 between Omokoroa and Whakamarama late on Sunday afternoon heading in the direction of Tauranga.