The daughter of a man reported missing yesterday has sent heartfelt thanks to all those who helped find him.

Police said 80-year-old John Lee was reported missing yesterday afternoon. He was last seen at the Mount Maunganui RSA.

To the enormous relief of his family, he was found safe and well in the Mount Maunganui area this morning .

Daughter Amanda Lee said it appeared he had become lost and disorientated, which became worse in the darkness.


She wanted to thank the community for their vigilance.

She was especially grateful to the police officers who helped with the search, who she described as "exceptionally hard-working and vigilant".

Excellent communication from the police enabled the worried family to coordinate themselves and act as sensibly and calmly as they could, Lee said.