Have you seen Trevor Smith?

Search continues for missing Kawhia man

ELTON SMALLMAN
Last updated 18:20 19/03/2014
MIKE SCOTT/Fairfax NZ

The search for 70-year-old Trevor Smith continues after he disappeared from Waikato Hospital on Sunday evening.

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Debbie Ardern from the Hamilton Search and Rescue climbs out of a steep gully near Normandy Avenue during the search for Trevor Smith
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MISSING: Trevor Smith was last seen Sunday.

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Police are closing the third day of their search for Trevor Smith and making an appeal to the public to report sightings of the Kawhia man.

Hamilton CIB detective senior sergeant Ross Patterson said the last confirmed sighting of 70-year-old man was along a busy Hamilton road about 5.30pm on Sunday. 

"A member of the public sighted Mr Smith walking beside the median strip on the wrong side of the road on Cobham Dr, heading towards Normandy Ave.

"We don't know if anyone stopped to talk to him or picked him up but if you did, police would very much like to speak to you."

Mr Patterson said the search had involved about 40 police and Land Search and Rescue volunteers physically looking around the Waikato Hospital campus as well as areas of bush and properties around Hamilton's Lake Rotoroa.

"The search has progressed through to the Waikato River and has included searchers on the land and in a boat searching the river banks while a helicopter has been used to search the lake and areas inaccessible to the land based searchers.

"In addition to that we have been using a team of 15 detectives following up on possible sightings and reviewing security camera footage. Right now our request is for people who may have seen someone matching Mr Smith’s description to contact us by ringing 111."

Mr Smith is described as being clean shaven with a number one haircut and of average to solid build. When last seen he was wearing a distinctive lime green Vodafone Warriors rugby league jersey, dark blue track-pants, plain white sandshoes and a grey cap.

Hamilton people are being told to check their gardens, sheds and outside buildings as the search for Kawhia man Trevor Smith continues this afternoon.

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