Concerns for missing Rotorua man

Concerns are growing for a missing Rotorua man.

Detective Sergeant John Wilson of the Rotorua CIB said police were hoping to get help from the public to find Ross McKendrick, who was last seen on New Year's Eve.

Mr Wilson said Mr McKendrick, 65,  had gone missing from his Western Heights home.

"He was last seen leaving his home on a blue bicycle. He has not been seen or heard from since."

He said Mr McKendrick suffered from a number of serious health issues which required constant medication.

"Police believe he was in the Blue Lake area at 6.45pm on December 31," Mr Wilson said.

Mr McKendrick is described as male caucasian, about 1.7m tall and overweight.

He has white thinning hair, wears glasses and has green eyes.

He was wearing grey "tracksuit type material" shorts when he left home, and had a blue and white cycle helmet.

Mr McKendrick's bike is a blue Raleigh road bike. It has aluminium footpegs on the front wheel and an older style lever change gear shifter on the handle bar.

"There are grave concerns for Mr McKendrick's well-being given his health issues and the time that he has been missing," Mr Wilson said.

"As part of the investigation into the disappearance of Mr McKendrick members of the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club have been searching areas of Whakarewarewa Forest at the direction of police search and rescue staff."

Anyone with information about Mr McKendrick or his bike should contact Rotorua police on (07) 348 0099.


- Rotorua Daily Post

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