Elderly man missing since Thursday

Police are searching for a missing elderly man in the Bay of Plenty.

The man was last seen at 5pm on Thursday in Whanarua Bay, Te Kaha.

He answered to the name of Reg or Reginald, but may be in a confused state, police said.

He was described as an 81-year-old Maori, 6ft tall of solid build, with balding grey hair and a full beard. He was wearing a brown sweatshirt, black trackpants and gumboots.

Police are asking residents in the area to check their properties for the man.