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Calls, but Roigard's fate still a mystery

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 24/07/2014
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MISSING: Aaron Roigard.

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Taranaki police have had calls from outside the region following a nationwide appeal for information about the disappearance of Opunake man Aaron Roigard.

Inquiry head Detective Sergeant Blair Burnett said his team fielded half a dozen calls following last week's episode of Police Ten 7, which featured Roigard's disappearance.

"This information has assisted us with some of our inquiries," he said.

Although there had been no significant developments in the seven-week-old case, more details about what happened on the day the 27-year-old went missing have come to light.

The Taranaki Daily News understands Roigard met his father, who lives on Waiteika Rd, to discuss signing some documents relating to the purchase of a farm he had been saving up to buy.

After becoming upset about the deal falling over, Roigard left the address in his silver Mitsubishi Lancer, which was later found at the end of a tanker track on the farm. The keys and Roigard's wallet were in the car.

Burnett declined to comment on how much money was involved in the property deal.

The Daily News also understands that information about a dark blue or green Holden Commodore seen around the time of Roigard's disappearance may not be as relevant as first believed, as police had yet to receive any additional information from the public about sightings of the car.

Although the case is classified as a homicide inquiry, Burnett declined to comment on whether police had identified any potential suspects.

"We are not prepared to discuss our inquiries or any other details, given this would jeopardise our investigation," he said.

The decision to feature the case on Police Ten 7 was part of a strategy to try to get as much information as possible from the wider public about the case.

In particular, the programme was aimed at people who may have been travelling through the Opunake area on June 2, the Monday of Queen's Birthday Weekend.

Police central district communications manager Sara Stavropoulos said people may have been passing through the area and may have seen something.

Anyone with information about Roigard's disappearance can contact Detective Sergeant Chris Allemann on (06) 213 9536. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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