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Many hundreds of people are [permanently] missing in New Zealand

Among those who went missing without a trace recently…

[If any of the following persons are no longer missing, please let us know and we will immediately remove their details.]

Thursday, 30 January 2020 – 12:18pm | Waikato
Missing man, Waikato
Waikato Police are looking for help to locate a missing man.
Matthew Prichard-Case, 30, has been missing since Thursday 23 January and is possibly in the Fairfield area.

Police and Matthew’s family have concerns for his wellbeing.

Thursday, 30 January 2020 – 2:50pm | Canterbury
Missing person, Southshore, Christchurch
Police are appealing for sightings of 14-year-old Jacob Scott.


Jacob was last seen at home in Southshore on Monday 13 January.
He is around 186cm tall and of a medium build.

Update: Friday, 7 February 2020 – 7:10am | Southern
Missing teen located
A 15-year-old reported missing from Balaclava, Dunedin, on Saturday 25 January has been located.
[It’s unclear whether she was dead or alive, harmed or unharmed.]

Friday, 31 January 2020 – 1:08pm | Southern
Missing person, Balaclava, Dunedin
Police are appealing for sightings of 15-year-old Danielle Donkins, who is missing from Balaclava, Dunedin.


Danielle was last seen on Saturday 25 January. She is around 160cm tall and of a slim build. Police and Danielle’s family have concerns for her wellbeing.

Police seek missing Southland teenager [Jan 15, 2020]
Invercargill police would like to know the whereabouts of 13-year-old Meagan Van Der Reit.


Police search for missing teenager Joanne Coles who was last seen in Lower Hutt
Police are looking for a a 15-year-old girl who has been missing for more than three months.

Joanne Coles was last spotted in Petone in Lower Hutt on September 30, 2019.

Thursday, 19 December 2019 – 1:42pm | Waikato
Have you seen Alexander Gaitzsch?
Police are asking for assistance to locate 24-year-old German tourist Alexander Fabrice Gaitzsch, who has been reported missing.
Alexander was last seen in Auckland on Sunday December 1 after arriving in New Zealand.
He has brown hair, is around 170cm tall and of a slim build.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police on 105.

Missing Paparangi teenager found dead
A Wellington teenager police were seeking has been found dead.
Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and would be referred to the Coroner.
17-year-old Alex Taitasi had been missing since late Saturday.

Police locate body in search for missing Ngāruawāhia man
The police dive squad have located a body in the search for missing man Desmond Pratt.

Taranaki man still missing 10 days after last sighting

Missing person – Ngaruawahia
Thursday, 3 October 2019 – 12:52pm – Waikato
Waikato police are appealing for sightings of missing Ngaruawahia man Michael Murdoch.
Michael, aged 44, was last seen on Thursday 26 September 2019.
An unconfirmed sighting has also been reported, of Michael with his red/maroon 2001 Nissan Skyline, on Saturday 28 September.

Body located in Hillmorton
Friday, 11 October 2019 – 8:40am | Canterbury
The body of a woman was located in a stream in Hillmorton, Christchurch, yesterday evening. While the formal identification process is ongoing, Police believe it is the body of the woman in her 60s reported missing on Monday 7 October. The death is not thought to be suspicious and will be referred to the Coroner.

Body located by Dive Squad, Havelock
Tuesday, 8 October 2019 – 5:56pm | Tasman
Police’s Dive Squad has recovered a body following a search for a missing boy in Havelock, Marlborough today.
The six-year-old was reported missing about 6:25am.
The Dive Squad arrived on the scene about 1:45pm and following a short search located a body which has been confirmed as that of the missing child.

A list of people missing in NZ posted at

Name release – Body located in water near Auckland CBD
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 – 10:27am | Auckland City
Police can now confirm the identity of a body that was located in the water near Auckland’s CBD on Monday.
A post mortem was completed yesterday and the deceased man has been formally identified as James Harley David Jenkins, aged 24, from Auckland, who went missing after going into the water on October 7, 2019.

Body found in search for woman who fell into sea at Te Waha Point, West Auckland
A body has been found in the search for a woman who went missing in the water at a West Auckland beach.

Police Search and Rescue officer Garry Learmonth said the body of a woman, possibly in her 30s, was recovered on Piha Beach about 8.15am on Tuesday.

Body found, Tongariro National Park
Monday, 21 October 2019 – 10:27am | Central
Police and Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) from the Central North Island have found a body in the search for a missing 51-year-old woman in Tongariro National Park.
Police SAR recovered her body from Red Crater, Mt Tongariro on Sunday afternoon.
The woman was part of a group of four, who set out Friday morning to hike around the Tongariro Northern Circuit walk, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks.
After taking a wrong turn, three of them decided to turn back while the woman carried on.
Her friends reported her overdue on Sunday morning, when she did not return as arranged on Saturday evening.

Body located, Mt Pirongia
Sunday, 10 November 2019 – 2:30pm | Waikato
Police searching for a Waikato man who went missing in June have located a body.
Police and Waikato LandSAR began a search of the Pirongia mountain area on June 17 after the 44-year-old man’s car was seen in a car park on Greys Road.
“For five months, we have been systematically searching throughout the Mt Pirongia area,” Senior Sergeant Paul Slater says.
“Yesterday afternoon a body was located at the summit.

Sunday, 17 November 2019 – 7:51pm | Auckland City
Search for missing fisherman, Ninepin Rock, Auckland
A search and rescue operation is underway at Ninepin Rock, Auckland, after a fisherman was washed off rocks at Whatipu Beach this afternoon.
Police were alerted to the incident around 1.45pm.

Body by the lake: No-one reported Melissa Jones missing
Melissa Jones disappeared six weeks before her body was found by Lake Rotorua, but no-one appears to have reported her missing. Police say her death is “unexplained”. Her family believe she was murdered. Blair Ensor reports.

Body recovered at Nine Pin Rock
Thursday, 28 November 2019 – 11:15am | Waitematā
Police were notified early this morning that a body had washed up at Nine Pin Rock near Whatipu Beach.
Formal identification is yet to be completed, however Police believe the body is that of missing fisherman Wei Shi, 56, who was swept off rocks at the beach on 17 November.

Saturday, 7 December 2019 – 9:07pm | Tasman
Homicide investigation, West Coast
Police searching for a missing woman on the West Coast have located a body.
The body was found in a vehicle in rural Greymouth about 2:30pm today.
While official identification has not yet taken place, it is thought to be that of 41-year-old Barbara Ann Quinn, reported missing from the West Coast yesterday.

Missing Paparangi teenager found dead
A Wellington teenager police were seeking has been found dead.
Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and would be referred to the Coroner.
17-year-old Alex Taitasi had been missing since late Saturday.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019 – 12:44pm | Northland
Body of missing swimmer located – Waipu
The body of a missing swimmer has been located in Bream Bay, near Waipu.
Police were advised at 10.10am that a person had gotten into difficulty while swimming in the bay.
Police Search and Rescue, Coastguard, a rescue helicopter and Ruakaka Surf Club lifeguards took part in the search operation, however, the body of the swimmer was located around midday in the water.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019 – 5:01pm | Tasman
Body located in vehicle, Buller Gorge – Murchison
Police have today recovered the body of a man located inside a vehicle in the Upper Buller Gorge area in Murchison.
The vehicle was located yesterday down a cliff, about 100 metres from the Lyell Creek culvert.
While formal identification is yet to take place, Police believe the man is the 71-year-old previously reported missing from Motueka.

Police locate body in search for missing Ngāruawāhia man
The police dive squad have located a body in the search for missing man Desmond Pratt.

Saturday, 11 January 2020 – 9:11pm | Canterbury
Missing kayaker, Lake Ellesmere
Searches to find a kayaker who did not return from a trip on Lake Ellesmere this morning have concluded for the day.
The man was reported overdue around midday today, having been expected to return a couple of hours earlier.
The man’s kayak was located around 2:30pm but he was not found. Police are speaking with his family members who were at the lake.

Saturday, 11 January 2020 – 7:15pm | Wellington
Update – search for snorkellers near Wairarapa coast
The Police National Dive Squad has this evening located two people deceased near Mataikona, off the Wairarapa coast.
While formal identification is yet to take place, police believe the two deceased are the father and son reported missing after failing to return from a snorkelling trip yesterday.

Thursday, 23 January 2020 – 6:55pm | Southern
Water incident, Dunedin
Male in trouble in the water, missing.

Saturday, 25 January 2020 – 10:33pm | Tasman
Missing man, Hokitika River
Police received a report of a 23-year-old man failing to surface from Hokitika River in Kokatahi, near Whitecombe Valley Road, around 12.50pm.

Sunday, 26 January 2020 – 2:36pm | Southern
Body located in search for teenager
Police searching for missing teenager Vinnie Beecroft in Dunedin have this morning located a body.
Formal identification is yet to take place, however Police believe it is 14-year-old Vinnie Beecroft who failed to return to shore at St Clair Beach, Dunedin, on Thursday 23 January.

Sunday, 26 January 2020 – 3:13pm | Central
Missing person, Whanganui River

Monday, 27 January 2020 – 5:42pm | Tasman
Name release – Hokitika River incident
Police are now in a position to release the name of the 23-year-old man who failed to surface from the Hokitika River on Saturday.
He was Solomone Tuitalau, [believed to be a Tongan national who lived in] Christchurch.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 – 2:12pm | Waitematā
Body located in Karekare
The Police Dive Squad has located the body of a man who went missing while at a swimming hole in Karekare.
The man will now need to be formally identified and next-of-kin notified, many of whom are overseas.

Climbers missing on Aoraki-Mt Cook may never be found

More than 60 bodies of dead climbers have never been found, a report said.

The missing, ruled or presumed dead include:

  • Malaysian hiker Kok Liang Wong, 32, went missing on Aoraki-Mt Cook in September 2009, and was never found.
  • Sydney doctor Mike Bishop, 53, and German father and son Raphael Viellehner, 58, and Johann, 27,went missing in January 2015.
  • The [reported] “death toll at Aoraki-Mount Cook National Park in the Southern Alps now stands at 238 [as of January 2015.]”

Mt Taranaki is New Zealand’s second-deadliest peak, with 82 [reported] deaths[as of January 2015.]”

Search for Hans Christian Tornmarck: Remains of the Swedish Tourist Eludes Searchers

Monday, 3 February 2020 – 2:54pm | Tasman
Second search to locate Swedish tourist unsuccessful
Hans Christian Tornmarck went missing in the Regina Creek, South Westland area in May 2017, whilst on a tahr hunting trip.

Swedish Hunter Hans Christian Tornmarck went missing [presumed dead] in May 2017
Mr Tornmarck, 27, is one of scores of foreigners who are permanently missing in New Zealand. He went hunting by himself on Friday 12 May, 2017 and was due out of the bush on Wednesday 17 May police said.  The Swede, like so many other foreign visitors, went missing—permanently!

Swedish hunter Hans Christian Tornmarck went missing May 2017

He was understood to be in the Karangarua Valley, near Fox Glacier, where his sleeping bag and tent were located on Saturday 20 May, 2017.

Police concern for missing 21-year-old Carissa Avison



Saturday, 28 January 2017 – 10:22pm – National News

Police have concerns for the safety and well-being of 21-year-old Carissa Avison who has been reported missing to Police. Carissa was last seen leaving her home on Dockside Lane, Auckland Central, at about 8.30am on Thursday 26 January 2017.

She is described as slim to medium build and has a Japanese scripture tattoo on her left forearm. She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, black 3/4 length pants and black Nike shoes.

Her family and friends became concerned when she failed to show up for work, which is out of character for her. Carissa has contacts in Papamoa, Southland, and the wider Auckland area. She is not believed to have access to a vehicle.  http://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/police-concern-missing-21-year-old-carissa-avison

Where is Lydia Grace Solvander?

Lydia Grace Solvander

Christchurch Police are seeking 25-year-old old Lydia Grace Solvander and are seriously concerned for her wellbeing. Solvander has been missing for more than a week and was last seen in the Hillmorton area on Tuesday 17 January 2017.

Waikato Police seek missing 21-year-old Hazael Mailata

A 21-year-old Hamilton man is missing after a friend lost sight of him in the Waikato River early this morning. Hazael Mailata and his friend were on the bank of Waikato River when Mr Mailata went for a swim shortly before 3.00am this morning, Wednesday 25 January 2017. He was last seen in the darkness in the river and there has been no contact with family or friends since.

Otaki Fatal boating incident

Police can now release the names of the two men who went missing while using an inflatable boat at Otaki Beach on Monday 23rd of January 2017.

The man whose body was recovered on Monday was 52-year-old Wayne Anthony De Bruyn of Otaki.

The man missing and presumed drowned, is 35-year-old Jared Anthony Anderson of New Plymouth.

Mother of four Shelly Crooks, 36, missing since December 22

Ms Crooks was last seen in the Punakaiki area on 22 December 2016. She was walking the local tracks and may have then hitchhiked north. Shelly is 180 cm (6ft) tall and of medium/solid build.


Shelly Crooks,36, missing since December 22


Brighton Beach search continued to NO avail

“A person described as of short-medium height, wearing black or dark-coloured clothing, was seen walking in to the water at approximately 10:20am, Friday 20 January 2017.”

Police said they had not received a report of a missing person which may relate to the incident[and which may indicate the person missing was a foreign visitor.]

Quentin Barrett is missing – have you seen him?

Quentin Barrett, 19, Missing in the Manawatu

Quentin Barrett, 19, is missing from Terrace End, Palmerston North since 19 January.

What happened to Pat Wearn?

Pat Wearn, 73, missing without a trace.

Massive searches in the Torbay, Long Bay and Browns Bay areas for 73 year-old Pat Wearn proved futile. Ms Wearn left her home address in Torbay at 12:30 Monday January 16, to go for a walk, but did not return.

Missing Otorohanga girl Waihanea Maaka aged 14



What happened to this Korean woman?


Mrs Chun was last seen on May 18, 2009, shortly before she left her Christchurch home. Mrs Chun “held both a New Zealand and South Korean passport.  Neither passport have been used to travel out of the country since her disappearance.”

Ergin Cho Missing since December 2010



Laura Finlay Missing since November 2012



Ashley Sehnert Missing since 2009



Scott Ruaine Missing since September 2013



Judith Yorke




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