Source: New Zealand Police – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Canterbury Police appeal for anyone who sees the 70 year old missing Christchurch man to call 111

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 – 5:53am

Canterbury Police are appealing for everyone to keep a look out for 70 year old Noel Noonan when they travel to work or school this morning.  He was last seen by those who knew him near the intersection of Middleton Road and Riccarton Road at around 2.40pm yesterday (24 February).

Mr Noonan is described as 177cm tall, slim build, distinctive walk (due to Parkinsons), black/greying short hair, blue eyes, fair skin and possibly has prescription glasses on a lanyard around his neck.  He was last seen wearing grey ¾ length trousers, a polo shirt with light blue and dark blue horizontal stripes and sand shoes.

Canterbury Police would like to thank their Facebook followers and members of the public who have called them overnight with possible sightings of Mr Noonan since he went missing yesterday.  While unconfirmed it is reassuring to know the community is keeping a look out for him too.

Mr Noonan is reliant on medication to keep him mobile every couple of hours and there are concerns that he is laying or sitting down somewhere and may be confused.

Police and Mr Noonan’s family have concerns for his wellbeing.

If you see Mr Noonan while you travel to/from work and school this morning please call 111 immediately.

This appeal will also be posted on our Facebook page

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

NOTE:  an update will be provided later on today.


Issued by:  Lisa-Marie Brooks, District Communications Manager, Canterbury Police District. Mobile:  021 942 404


Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.