Police Ask Kapiti Residents to Check Bush Areas Near Homes for Missing Paekakariki ManMay 26, 2010
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam,who is leading the search for Raymond Piper, says Kapiti Police are now following up several new leads from the public which may help find him.
He says the Police have had several calls on the freephone number 0800 FIND RAY as well as emails to .
With such a good response in recent days, he says, police are now ‘wading through all the information to determine whether it is of use.”
‘Check bush areas’
The Police are also urging Kapiti Coast residents to check bush areas and scrub near their homes.
He was last seen a week and a-half ago at his former partner’s house at Paraparaumu Beach and police fear for his safety. The couple have a three-year-old son.
“If they (the public) are out and about or around their houses, and if there’s a bush area – would they mind just checking it out,” says Senior Sergeant Oxnam.
‘Possible victim of foul play’
Earlier, Senior Sergeant Oxnam said police had unsubstantiated information that Piper had been the victim of foul play.
“We’ve received unsubstantiated information that Raymond may have been killed by a criminal act and we’re investigating that,” he says.
Mr Piper, who is Maori, lives at Paekakariki and is 170cm tall and of thin build.
He has a short shaved haircut and the beginnings of a goatee beard. He has several tattoos, including the word ‘Tuhoe’ on one forearm.