Missing hitchhiking farmworker located

Last updated 15:19 18/12/2012
Joshua Falwasser
MISSING: Farmworker Joshua Falwasser.

Relevant offers


Air Force rescues Dutch tourist stranded on Mt Taranaki and drops him at his car Tangi for Tribesmen member expected to draw large gang presence in Northland Cambridge locals barking mad at MP's response to dog breed law questions John Shuttleworth farewelled at Waharoa Aerodrome Seven fire crews attend large recycling centre blaze in south Auckland Motorway crash casues Labour Weekend traffic chaos north of Wellington Teen knocks out police officer and dislocates his jaw in Northland attack Fiji's Frank Bainimarama and Prime Minister John Key 'let bygones be byones' after diplomatic talks Ballroom dancers put their best foot forward in Waikato Man charged with grievous bodily harm

Police are praising the tenacity of family members who tracked down missing Morrinsville farm worker Joshua Falwasser.

The 22-year-old had expected to hitchhike home from Tauranga on Friday night.

Instead he ended up in Whakatane, after falling asleep when he got a ride. He also lost his mobile phone.

He was found by his family after returning to Tauranga, Sergeant Mark Toomey of the Morrinsville police said.

The missing man had gone to Tauranga with a relative on Wednesday afternoon, so he could go to a party on Thursday, and was expected back at the farm he works on to milk cows on Saturday morning.

On Friday night he sent a text to his brother saying he was hitchhiking home from Tauranga, but did not show up at the farm the next day.

"From what we understand he fell asleep in a car and ended up in Whakatane, but lost his cell phone," Toomey said.

"Family members had travelled to Tauranga to search for him and through dogged determination, working through Facebook contacts and tracking people down they were able to identify the unknown friend where the party had been and located the missing man at this person's address."

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content