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Police search for missing Waikato farm worker

Joshua Falwasser hasn't been seen since Friday. Photo / Supplied
Joshua Falwasser hasn't been seen since Friday. Photo / Supplied

A 22-year-old Waikato farm worker is missing after hitching a ride home on Friday night, sparking fears for his safety.

Police said Joshua Falwasser has not been heard from since he texted his brother to say he was hitchhiking home from Tauranga.

Sergeant Mark Toomey of Morrinsville police said Mr Falwasser had gone to Tauranga with a relative on Wednesday afternoon so he could go to a party on Thursday.

"He was last heard from on Friday night when he texted his brother. He was expected back at the farm he works on to milk cows on Saturday morning, but hasn't been heard from or seen since."

His disappearance is described as out of character, and his family, employer and police all held concerns for his wellbeing.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr Falwasser hitchhiking on State Highway 29 on Friday night, or who may have given him a ride.

He is described as Maori, 1.65m to 1.7m of medium build.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Morrinsville police or the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800-555-111.

- APNZ

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