$25,000 offered in search for West Coast man

Last updated 13:00 11/06/2012

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Crimestoppers is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of West Coast man Hugh Charles McAllister who has been missing since January 2010.

Nelson police said today they hoped the reward will prompt someone to come forward with more information.

Crimestoppers is a programme separate from the emergency telephone number system, that allows a member of the community to provide anonymous information about criminal activity.

The last known sighting of Mr McAllister was at 3pm on Thursday January 21, 2010 when he was seen leaving his Greenstone River gold claim, near Kumara in Westland.

His Mitsubishi ute was located upstream from the claim but, despite extensive air and ground searches, Mr McAllister has not been located or heard from since.

Nelson detectives spent time in April this year on the West Coast re-examining the case in the hope of uncovering new information about the disappearance. Nothing significant was found.

Police are still treating Mr McAllister's disappearance as a missing person case, but are keeping an open mind about his fate.

Crimestoppers has stated the reward money will be paid for material information or evidence that leads to finding Mr McAllister.

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers, phone 0800555111, or they can visit the Crimestoppers website: www.crimestoppers-nz.org.

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- The Nelson Mail

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