Photos released in hunt for missing Waikato family

Thomas Phillips, Jayda Phillips, Ember Phillips and Maverick Callam-Phillips. Supplied photo. NZ Police

Police have released photographs of the missing Waikato family members as the search continues. 

Thomas Phillips, along with his three children eight-year-old Jayda Jin, six-year-old Maverick Callum-Phillips and five-year-old Ember Phillips were last seen at Marokopa, in the Waikato, on Saturday.

Phillips’ ute was found at the beach at Kiritehere on Saturday.

The missing’s family have approved the release of photographs which police hope will help in the search. 

Tom Phillips has been missing, along with his three children, since Saturday.

“We want to acknowledge the family’s incredible strength at this very difficult time and thank them for their ongoing help,” says Waikato West Area Commander Inspector Will Loughrin.

“Police are now broadening the appeal for information and want to speak to anyone who was in the Marokopa or Kiritehere Beach areas either Saturday 11 or Sunday 12 September.

“While you might not think you have seen something, we want to hear from you.

“This includes bach owners or visitors who may have left the area after the weekend.”

The continued search today centred on the water, with Loughrin stating sea-based searches have been conducted in the Marokopa and Kiritehere Beach areas by the Raglan Surf Life Saving Squad and the Taranaki Surf Life Saving Rescue Squad.

LandSAR volunteers and Police staff are completing further ground-based coastline searches.

“A team of investigators, working out of Te Awamutu, continue to build a detailed timeline of Tom and the children’s movements,” says Loughrin.

Police are asking people to make contact with the investigation team via 105 and quote file number 210913/1952.

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