Police fears grow as family man vanishes

22:12, Jun 04 2014
Aaron Roigard
MISSING: Aaron Roigard

Police are concerned for the welfare of a missing Opunake man, labelling his disappearance "completely out of character."

Aaron Roigard was last seen on Monday at about 1pm after he left a Waiteika Rd address on foot following a dispute with family members. No one has seen the 27-year-old or heard from him since.

Detective Sergeant Chris Allemann, of Hawera Police, said Roigard had only taken his cellphone with him on Monday and there was no evidence to suggest he had used it since he went missing. He had also left his wallet behind at the Waiteika Rd property.

Allemann said although police were keeping an open mind about what might have happened to Roigard, they were worried.

"We do have concerns for his welfare," Allemann said.

He said Roigard was employed, had no health problems and had a young family, including a partner, a two-year-old child and a five-week-old baby and there appeared to be no clear explanation for his disappearance at this stage.


Allemann said searches had been completed at Roigard's home yesterday as well as at the Waiteika Rd property and the surrounding area.

He said a team of detectives also took a number of statements yesterday and would continue with their inquiries today. A further search of the area is also planned.

Allemann said police wanted to hear from anybody who may have seen an older-style green coloured Holden Commodore driving away from the Waiteika Rd address on Monday.

"We're not sure if the vehicle is involved at all but we would like to speak to the occupant of that vehicle," he said.

Roigard is described as being 176cm tall, of medium build with brown hair. At the time he went missing he was wearing black clothing, including a beanie, a hooded jacket, trousers and boots.

Allemann urged anyone with any information about Roigard or the Holden Commodore vehicle to get in touch with him directly on 021 191 4531. Alternatively people can contact their local police station or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Taranaki Daily News