More than a month after Aaron Roigard vanished from the face of the earth, the tight-knit farming community he called home is still searching for answers.
Roigard has not been heard from since he was last seen near Waiteika Rd, Opunake, about 1pm on June 2 after a family disagreement.
Despite an exhaustive land, sea and air search, including Roigard's parents' home, three vehicles, effluent ponds and surrounding farmland, he is yet to be found.
Police are treating the case as a homicide.
Finding out exactly who Roigard is appears to be just as elusive.
The few people who did speak to the Taranaki Daily News only knew of him, while those close to him refused to talk.
A friend of Roigard declined to speak to the Daily News yesterday because he wanted to let the police get on with their job.
A man who lives near Roigard's Auroa home, who declined to be named, said a few residents did not initially realise the missing man lived in their community.
He believed Roigard had been in the tiny township for a couple of milking seasons as a farm worker, but knew nothing else. "I've never seen him at all," he said.
"He doesn't have kids at school . . . so it's not that unusual to be honest."
He said speculation about Roigard's fate was rife but he was unwilling to talk about any rumours.
Police are also still staying mum on whether they have identified any suspects as the inquiry rolls into another week.
Detective Senior Sergeant Blair Burnett could not say how long the investigation team would continue with inquiries.
He would only reiterate that police were "not prepared to discuss our inquiries or any other details given this would jeopardise our investigation".
The inquiry, named Operation Boxer after Roigard's passion for the sport, is now in its fifth week and police still wanted to speak to anyone who may have any information about his whereabouts.
"Every effort is being made by the team to obtain answers to the questions Aaron's family have and our main focus is locating Aaron so we can return him to his family."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Chris Allemann on (06) 213 9536 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Taranaki Daily News