'Grave concerns' for missing man

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 11:00 17/12/2013
Missing Christchurch taxi driver David John Mackle
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CONCERNS HELD: Missing Christchurch taxi driver David John Mackle.

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Missing Christchurch taxi driver David John Mackle previously lived in Mairehau near where his taxi was found, but moved to Opawa after a relationship break-up. 

Police said they continue to hold "grave concerns" for the 50-year-old Gold Band Taxis driver, who has been missing for more than five days. 

Mackle had not been seen, nor accessed his bank accounts, since his empty taxi was found parked on Kellys Rd, in Mairehau about 11am on Thursday.

His flatmate saw him last, at his Opawa home between 10.30pm and 11pm the previous night. Detective Sergeant Richard Quested said Mackle gave no indication he was going to leave or was at risk. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer said there was, at this stage, nothing to indicate Mackle was the victim of foul play.

Mackle previously lived with a male partner on Cole Porter Ave, in Mairehau. Mackle moved out in September this year after the couple broke up, Detective Sergeant Grant Collins said. 

A Mairehau resident, who declined to be named, said the couple lived in the area for about two years.

Mackle often waved out from his taxi, but she had not seen him for several weeks, she said. 

The woman said it was strange that Mackle's taxi was found on Kellys Rd, as it was on the other side of Walter Park from where he had previously lived. 

She said police had been extensively searching Mairehau, including backyards, down the side of homes and through the creek which runs beside the park.

Quested said nothing had been found. 

"We have no trace [of him]," he said. 

Police have appealed for sightings of Mackle or his taxi. Yesterday, police released CCTV footage of Mackle buying DVDs at The Warehouse in Eastgate Shopping Centre at 1.28pm last Wednesday, December 11. The DVDs have not been found either.

Mackle is described as a European of medium build, 187 centimetres tall with short grey hair and possibly carrying a 9 kg LPG gas cylinder.

Anyone who has seen Mackle or his Gold Band taxi, a white 2008 Toyota Camry with the registration number ELQ718, should phone police on 03 363 7400.

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