Cars might provide clues to man's fate

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 25/06/2014
Aaron Roigard
MISSING: Aaron Roigard
Aaron Roigard
CAR CLUES: Police are seeking information or sightings of two vehicles, a White Suzuki Swift and a silver Mitsubishi Lancer, in connection with the inquiry into the disappearance of Opunake man Aaron Roigard.
Aaron Roigard
CAR SOUGHT: A silver Mitsubishi Lancer may be connected to the disappearance of Aaron Roigard.

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Information on two cars is now being sought by police in connection with a homicide inquiry launched into the disappearance of Opunake man Aaron Roigard.

Detective Senior Sergeant Blair Burnett said police wanted to hear from members of the public who may have seen a silver Mitsubishi Lancer or white Suzuki Swift in the Opunake area at the time of Roigard's disappearance.

"While I am not prepared to go into detail about our inquiries and who we have spoken to, a key focus for us is piecing together these vehicle movements as this could shed some light on Aaron's whereabouts and what may have happened to him," Burnett said.

He confirmed that police had previously examined both cars as part of their investigation.

Last week, police announced the case was now being treated as a homicide, although other possibilities, such as suicide, had yet to be ruled out.

The inquiry, named Operation Boxer after Roigard's passion for the sport, is now in its third week after the 27-year-old went missing from Opunake on June 2 following a family argument.

He was last seen walking along Waiteika Rd and extensive land, sea and air searches completed in the days following his disappearance failed to find any trace of the father of two.

As part of the investigation, a team of 10 police officers have followed up on sightings of a dark green/blue Holden Commodore around the time of Roigard's disappearance and have also spoken to people who knew him.

Last week, forensic testing was also carried out at Roigard's parents' home in Opunake and three vehicles examined.

However, nothing significant to the case was located.

Burnett said police would be continuing with their inquiries in the coming days.

"We are looking at different investigative avenues and we still have serious concerns for Aaron," said Burnett, who is providing regular updates to family members.

Anyone with information about the case can call 06 213 9536 or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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