Police give guidance for missing man search

Papamoa resident David Holland was last heard from on the evening of Friday March 11. Photo: NZ Police.

Police are thanking members of the public who are offering to assist with tomorrow’s ground search for missing man David Holland.

David has been missing since Friday, March 11.

Friends believe he was planning a swim close to home near the end of Pacific View Road, where there is access to Pāpāmoa Beach.

He was reported missing after he failed to show up for work at Tauranga Hospital.

A search has been ongoing since, with police looking at the shoreline, sea and air.

So far the search has involved the use of drones to search nearby sand dunes, a fixed-wing aircraft and a number of ground teams along the coast, report Stuff.

Anyone who wishes to help in the ground search is asked to meet Police Search and Rescue staff at Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club, 561 Papamoa Beach Road at 9am tomorrow, Saturday March 19.

“Volunteers will join a coordinated grid-search of the sand dunes in the Pāpāmoa Beach area,” says a police spokesperson.

“To give us the best chance of conducting an effective search, Police ask that members of the public do not search independently in the area, but instead assist in this Police-lead search.”

Police are still asking to hear from anyone who might have seen David on the evening of Friday 11 March, especially on or around the beach.

Anyone with information should call 105 and quote file number 220312/6869.

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