Police have obtained CCTV footage of missing Kawhia man Trevor Smith which places him in the Hamilton CBD nearly an hour after he went missing on Sunday.
Hamilton CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson said the footage showed Mr Smith in Clarence St, by PlaceMakers and Pak 'n Save, at 5.50pm before heading in the direction of the water tower bordering Hamilton Lake.
Search teams are now focusing their efforts around the lake.
Smith's nephew and co-ordinator of the whanau search effort, Aubrey Stothers, said they were overwhelmed at the sighting.
"This is a positive sighting for our whanau and we will continue to persevere in our search for Uncle Trev," Mr Stothers said.
It had been a tough time since Mr Smith went missing after wandering from the Pembroke St entrance of Waikato Hospital at 5pm on Sunday.
"It's becoming quite fragile, 12 to 24 hours, it's pretty difficult to hang on for that length of time considering the days that have come before us."
Mr Smith is described as being clean shaven with a No 1 haircut and of average to solid build. He was last seen wearing a distinctive lime-green Vodafone Warriors rugby league jersey, dark blue track-pants, plain white sandshoes and a grey cap.
Mr Stothers asked Hamilton residents to take 10 minutes out of their day today to look in their gardens, sheds and outside buildings.
"If the whole of Hamilton did that for like 10 minutes, you just never know what might pop up."
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