Sue Harrison kept herself busy moving out of her Hamilton home yesterday, but instead of the bright prospect of a new life in Taranaki, it was the search for her missing husband Paul that occupied her mind.
Ahead of the couple lay the excitement of a new job for Paul and a new start after their grown children had left home.
But since he left home at 7.30am on Wednesday for his last day of work at the Pukete engineering firm where he was a well-regarded employee, Mr Harrison has not been seen.
Hours later Mrs Harrison received a text message from her 48-year-old husband which read 'I love you, sorry'.
"It was his last day on the job because we are moving to New Plymouth and he was meant to go out for drinks with his workmates - I didn't realise anything was wrong till later in the night," she said. Hamilton Police yesterday appealed for sightings of Mr Harrison, who drives a white 1999 Mitsubishi utility, registration YC6496.
He is European, of medium build and about 1.77 metres tall, but to the army of friends who turned out to help with the shift and support Mrs Harrison at the family home yesterday, he is simply "a bloody good guy".
Good friend Paul Maisey was among them. "He's a top bloke and a bloody good engineer," Mr Maisey said. "He's built trailers, dog kennels, you name it. He can make just about anything."
Mr Harrison was due to start a new job based in New Plymouth with engineering firm Meco, and while his friends and family said he was excited about the move, his wife said he had also "been a bit anxious".
"But this is just not like him," she said. "His bank statement shows he filled up with petrol in Ngaruawahia yesterday morning - I just hope he's gone for a drive and just kept going, I just don't know," she said.
Telecom records show Mr Harrison's phone was picked up on a Coromandel-based receiver yesterday, though Mrs Harrison has no idea why he would have gone anywhere near that area.
Anyone with any information about Mr Harrison or sightings of his white utility vehicle is asked to contact Constable Paul Helwig at the Hamilton Central Police Station on 07 858 6200.
Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Fairfax NZ
- Taranaki Daily News
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