Suspicion around men's disappearance

Raymond and James Fleet have been missing for a week.

Rotorua Police are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Raymond and James Fleet, who have not been seen for more than a week.

The uncle and nephew were reported missing on Tuesday, August 8.

Rotorua investigations manager Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Van Kempen says the matter is now being treated as suspicious.

“Their disappearance is completely out of character for both of them,” he says.

“Their family is distraught and do not have any reason to believe Raymond or James would willingly leave.

“Since they were last seen at home on Monday, August 7, there has been no communication from either of them.

“We remain concerned for their wellbeing as there have been no sightings of them either.”

Rotorua Police ask anyone with any information which may assist with finding James and Raymond to make contact immediately. 

Information may be shared in confidence with Rotorua Police on 07 349 9400.

Alternatively, information may also be shared anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The family is receiving ongoing support at this distressing time.


Raymond Joseph Fleet is described as Caucasian and 51 years old. He has a thin to medium build and is 175cms tall (5'7”). He has a receding hairline, with short brown hair and a moustache.

He has hazel/green eyes and has a tattoo of a bird on his back. He usually works driving trucks.

James David Fleet is described as Caucasian and 25 years old, of medium build, with thick wavy dark brown shoulder length hair.

He is 172cms tall (5'6”), has hazel/grey eyes and has tattoos along his right arm of crossed rifles under a “Codys” symbol and a dragon-looking tattoo down his right forearm to his hand.


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