LATEST: Police and search and rescue teams have resumed the hunt for a 70-year-old New Plymouth man who went missing yesterday.
Four teams of two have begun searching for Nigel James Duncan in the areas around Pukekura Park, Vogeltown Park and Brooklands.
A police dog handler has also been brought in to help with the search and police are expected to increase the number of searchers as volunteers become available, Senior Sergeant Matt Prendargast said this afternoon.
Mr Duncan was reported missing by his wife last night and police said they had grave fears for his safety.
He left his Carrington St address about 4.45pm yesterday without his wallet, identification or medication for conditions including angina and asthma, Sergeant Ross Wright said.
He has not returned home and has not contacted any family or friends which was out of character, Mr Wright said.
There was nothing to indicate Mr Duncan had met with foul play at this stage, Mr Prendargast said.
An extensive search effort was launched at 9pm last night, but proved futile.
"All available police staff and search and rescue staff have been searching," Mr Wright said.
"They were searching till about 4am this morning."
Mr Duncan is approximately 180cm tall (5'11), of slight build, wearing glasses, a grey fleece jacket and possibly light fleece trousers and a beanie, Mr Wright said.
Police are appealing to the public for any sightings of Mr Duncan. Anyone with information can contact New Plymouth police on of 7595500.
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