Missing Waikanae man found safe

Missing 75 year old Trevor Mann has been located alive in the Hemi Matenga Memorial Park in Waikanae a short time ago.

A team of Land Search and Rescue (Land SAR) volunteers located Mr Mann about 200 metres from the ridge track off Hemi Matenga Memorial Park around 2pm.

Search Incident Controller Constable Anthony Harmer says Mr Mann was winched out of the area by the Westpac Rescue helicopter and is now in Wellington Hospital receiving medical attention.

“Mr Mann is in a really good condition and is conscious, despite three nights out in the open. Last night a Police dog team did a search about 100 metres from where Mr Mann was located a short time ago.”

He says late yesterday afternoon a member of the public phoned Police to report seeing Mr Mann on the Hemi Matenga track on Monday night around 7pm.

“This sighting really helped narrow our search area down today to where he was last seen on Monday night, and helped us find Mr Mann safely.”

Constable Harmer would like to thank Land SAR volunteers from Wellington, Palmerston North and Levin and out of district Police staff who assisted in the search, as well as Waikanae Neighbourhood Support and Community Patrol teams who spent many hours distributing flyers about Mr Mann’s disappearance.