Nigel Peterson, an autistic man in 24-hour care, remains missing tonight as police wrap up the day's search.

The Rotorua 33-year-old has been missing since 3pm on Friday when he jumped out of a car on Otanga Rd.

Police said the search would continue tomorrow from 7am.

Peterson's family have been out searching for him, along with a team of 18 police officers and volunteers.

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Rotorua Police asked anyone who may have seen Peterson to contact them on 07 349 9139.