The partner of Opunake's Aaron Roigard is urging the public to come forward with information which might help find him.
In the wake of her appearance on this week's episode of Police Ten 7, which featured the investigation into Roigard's disappearance, Julie Thoms appealed, via a written statement provided to the Taranaki Daily News yesterday, for anyone with information about the case to come forward.
"If anybody knows anything at all that may help the police find Aaron please tell them," she said.
She said she and the couple's children, a 2-year-old and a 3-month-old baby, have been struggling to cope in the wake of the 27-year-old man's disappearance six weeks ago.
"Our son wasn't eating and has struggled with Aaron not coming home. He has been a different kid. I still sleep with the lamp on as I can't turn it off yet. I roll over in bed hoping he's there but he's not," she said.
She described Roigard as an "awesome" and "perfect" partner who loved his children.
"He was a great dad and loved the boys. I miss him," she said.
Detective Sergeant Blair Burnett remained tight-lipped about details related to the inquiry or how close police might be to resolving the mystery. "It's a very complicated and difficult case."
He said results from information received from the public since the nation-wide programme aired on Thursday should be known by early next week.
"We have a few leads and a few inquiries that we are following," Burnett said.
Roigard was last seen about 1pm on June 2 after he left his father's Waiteika Rd property on foot following a disagreement with a family member. He has not used his cellphone or bank account since he disappeared.
- Taranaki Daily News