Nelson Police are concerned for the wellbeing of 50-year-old Upper Moutere man Phillip Ashworth, who was reported missing yesterday afternoon.

Ashworth was reported missing by his flatmate.

It is thought he could be in the wider Nelson region or on the West Coast, police said.

He is believed to be driving a red van, possibly a Toyota Hi-Ace with a roofrack.


If anyone sees Ashworth or knows where he is, please call Nelson Police immediately 03 546 3840.

Meanwhile, police on the West Coast are also continuing the search for 36-year-old Shelly Crooks who has been missing since before Christmas.

She was last seen in Punakaiki on December 22 and told a friend she was going to hitchhike to Opotiki.

Any information or sightings can be given to Sergeant Michel Bloom, Greymouth Police 03 768 1600 or via email