Missing man left stuck car

SALLY KIDSON
Last updated 13:26 11/12/2012
Mark Robinson
FOUND: Christchurch man Mark Robinson.

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A Christchurch man missing since Friday and who may be in the Tasman District is thought to have got his car stuck on a back road and gone for help.

Mark William Robinson, 37, has not been seen since Friday morning, when he told his partner he was going to work.

Detective Keith Olds, of Christchurch, said Robinson's gold Mazda MX5 convertible was found on Sunday night in Dry Weather Rd, between Glenhope and Tapawera.

"Mr Robinson left for work about 7.30am on Friday but did not go to work as usual," Olds said.

He said bank records and closed-circuit television footage showed Robinson drove to Nelson on Friday. He was in Nelson at 1.45pm.

It was likely he then headed back towards Murchison, where his car was found. The car was locked when it was found. It was stuck on the road and was not able to be driven.

A search around the car has not turned up any sign of Robinson.

Olds said there was nothing to suggest foul play, but police were concerned for Robinson's welfare as his disappearance was out of character.

"We urge Mr Robinson to contact police as soon as possible. We would also like to hear from anyone who has seen Mr Robinson or had contact with him since Friday morning or who knows anything about his whereabouts."

Olds said Robinson's partner, brother and father had travelled to Murchison.

"His family are really, really concerned about his whereabouts because it is out of character," he said.

Robinson was wearing blue jeans, a grey business shirt and black shoes.

Sergeant Mike Fitzsimons, of Nelson search and rescue, said Robinson's car was found in a culvert at the side of the road.

A Murchison search and rescue volunteer with a dog and a Murchison police officer had searched the area on Sunday. Volunteers went back to the area to check a side road yesterday.

Fitzsimons said police wanted to find out what had happened to Robinson and whether he had walked out of the area or been picked up.

The search resumed today.

Anyone with information is asked to call Olds on 373 9220, the Christchurch police on 363 7400 or the Nelson police on 546 3840.

To provide information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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