22 Feb 2011

Concerns for missing elderly man in North Island

11:59 pm on 22 February 2011

Police in Opotiki have mounted a search for an elderly man who has been missing since Sunday.

Senior Constable Marty Madsen says Sydney Koroua, 74, went into the bush off State Highway 2 between Opotiki and Gisborne in the morning.

He was expected home several hours later, but failed to return.

Mr Madsen says Mr Koroua has a medical condition and may have become disoriented.

He is appealing for motorists who travelled along the highway near the Waioeka Gorge on Sunday to contact police if they picked somebody up and gave them a lift.