The Mangere East man who went missing about 6pm last nigh has been found.

Tommy Partch, 71, arrived from Wellington on Monday to stay with family in Mangere East, Auckland and had no local knowledge of the area.

He was wearing a grey striped sweatshirt with a hood, dark blue jeans and a silver watch.

During an extensive search last night, a witness reported seeing Partch in a blue car.

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He was found earlier today and was safe and well, police said.