Search for missing 70 year old man continuing today

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Source: New Zealand Police – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: Search for missing 70 year old man continuing today

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 – 10:21am

Please call 111 if you see 70 year old Noel Noonan who was last seen wearing navy blue track pants, a stripped polo shirt (as shown in the picture attached) and black/grey velcro sneakers yesterday afternoon.

He is reliant on regular medication for his mobility so is likely to be sitting or laying down or possibly walking/shuffling very slowly.

His family say he is not known to be aggressive and may be confused or disorientated.

If anyone sees him please phone 111 straight away before approaching him to check he is ok.

Canterbury Police SAR Incident Controller, Sergeant Phil Simmonds, says “we encourage residents and business owners in the Riccarton area and surrounds to check their properties, outbuildings and grounds for any sign that Mr Noonan may have been there. A team of Police SAR officers, dogs and handlers will be joined by a number of urban search and rescue volunteers to conduct a thorough search of the area he was last seen in. We have received a number of calls from the public with potential sightings and are working to verify these.”

“We would like to thank the public for their help so far and know that a number of our Facebook followers and friends of his family are also out looking for him” said Sergeant Simmonds.

He is likely to be disorientated and confused and Police and his family have concerns for his safety.

Media – there will be an opportunity for interviews in the next couple of hours – if you would like to have an interview please text Canterbury Police district Communication manager on 021942 404

ENDS

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

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