Wanted men could be on West Coast
Police searching for two dangerous offenders and an associate believe the three men may be in the Arthur's Pass area or on the West Coast.
Jamie Campbell, 25, also known as Alexander Paul Jones, is thought to be with Ivan Campbell, 46, and Jaydon Galland, 18, who absconded from the Salisbury Foundation in Merivale last Wednesday.
Both parolees were deemed to be high-risk offenders and should not be approached.
Police found a white vehicle abandoned on a back road at Klondyke Corner near Arthur's Pass on Saturday.
It was confirmed today as a Honda Civic associated with Jamie Campbell.
Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald said the three men may still be in the Arthur's Pass area or may have continued to the West Coast, where they are known to have connections.
"We are urgently seeking assistance from the public and want to hear from anyone in the area who may have seen these men or anyone matching their descriptions," he said.
"They may still be travelling or they may have gone to ground. Someone may have seen them in a vehicle or in and around Arthur's Pass at some stage since late last week.
"It's vital that anyone who has seen these men, or any other unusual or suspicious activity, comes forward to police urgently."
Fitzgerald said police were conducting extensive inquiries in the Arthur's Pass area, and West Coast police were assisting.
Galland is described as European, 1.77 metres tall, of medium build, with tattoos on his neck.
Ivan Campbell is described as European, 1.77m tall, and of medium-thin build.
He has extensive tattoos on his face, neck and arms.
Campbell was jailed in 2001 after chaining a teenage boy up in a wardrobe and tattooing and sexually abusing him.
During his trial in the High Court in Auckland in 2001, Campbell was described by Detective Sergeant Adam Lough, officer in charge of the case, as a "calculating, manipulative sexual deviant who preys on teenage boys".
The Hells Angel associate held the 14-year-old boy captive in a wardrobe with shackles and chains, plied him with alcohol, performed a series of indecencies on him, poured hot wax on his body and branded his lower back, causing second-degree burns.
The boy escaped after being able to phone his family when Campbell left the house.
Campbell was also found guilty of sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy over a two-and-a-half-month period in 1991.
In 2009, the Corrections Department made a late bid to keep Campbell behind bars overs fears he would reoffend on release.
Any sightings of the men should be reported urgently to police by phoning 111 or the Christchurch police on 363 7400.
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