Police believe a man they want to speak to in relation to the attempted abduction of a girl in Washdyke could be south of Timaru.
Investigators want to speak to Washdyke 20-year-old, Blaine Ross Hughes, who they believe could assist them with their inquiries.
The girl, 13, was approached by a man at 8pm on Tuesday as she cycled passed Sir Basil Arthur Park. She was dragged over a fence and into bushes. A witness went to the girl's aid and the man fled the scene.
Detective Senior Sergeant Marion Neill said four likely sightings of Mr Hughes have been reported to police after they released a photo of him yesterday.
"One person reported seeing the man on Wednesday night in the Blue Cliffs Road area near the Pareora River, while another sighting was reported at Otaio near St Andrews overnight on Wednesday night.
"We also have possible sightings reported yesterday in Makikihi and this morning at St Andrews."
Police are now asking residents in the Pareora, St Andrews, Otaio and towards Waimate areas to be alert for any sightings of Mr Hughes.
"It's believed he is still in a green Isuzu Bighorn, registration YA9089, which was reported stolen from a Washdyke address on Wednesday. We are appealing for anyone who sees him or knows his whereabouts to contact police immediately," she said.
Mr Hughes is described as a male Caucasian, of dark complexion, aged in his twenties, approximately 174cm (5ft 8in) tall, clean-shaven, with dark hair and of solid build.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Timaru police on 6879808. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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