Police search Northland bush for body

By Peter de Graaf -
Kimble Taipo Moore.
Kimble Taipo Moore.

Northland police are searching an area of isolated bush looking for the body of a missing gang member.

Police began searching the bush, northeast of Kaitaia, about 9.30am today looking for Kimble Taipo Moore, a 48-year-old member of the Tribesmen motorcycle gang last seen in the Duncan Rd area two weeks ago. His family have not heard from him since March 17.

Police have also appealed for sightings of fellow Tribesman Rawden "Big Boy" Yates, 35, who is wanted for kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

Senior sergeant Cliff Metcalfe, the head of Northland police search and rescue, said 22 people took part in the search. They included 10 police officers from the Whangarei-based Search and Rescue group, a dog handler from Auckland with a cadaver dog trained to locate bodies, and 11 trained volunteers from Far North Search and Rescue.

Police have also appealed for sightings of a distinctive 1997 Holden Commodore between March 17 and 28 in the Kaitaia, Taipa and Fairburn areas. The car is white with a blue bonnet and the registration WR9817.

Call Kaitaia police on (09) 408 6500 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 with any information about the car or the missing man.

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