Police press release, September 21, 2011, 10:27 am
The family of a man missing for more than a week are desperate for information that might help find him. David Hill, 35, from Whanganui, has been missing since last Tuesday (13 September) and although Police do not believe his disappearance is suspicious, they are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare. David is married with three children aged 10, six and one. It is believed he left his home in Castlecliff with his mountain bike on early Tuesday afternoon and no-one has seen or heard from him since. Police have made various enquiries and carried out searches in the area where he was last seen. Family have also organised aerial searches of the Whanganui area and friends have rallied round to help find David. Senior Sergeant Lance Kennedy said: “The difficulty we face is not having a specific area to focus on as we have received no confirmed sightings of David. Our only starting point has been the immediate area where he lives; beyond that we just don’t know where he headed. We do hold grave fears for his safety but we’re not looking for anyone else in connection with his disappearance.” David’s father Vern Hill said: “We’re desperate for information, it’s a very worrying time, sleepless nights; we just need one lead. It’s sleepless nights that get you, you wake up every five minutes and it’s there again. He would always keep in touch with us. He absolutely adores his kids.” Mr Hill says that he son has suffered some depression in the past but it is not known if that has led to his disappearance, or whether he has gone for a ride and had an accident. Mr Hill is described as Caucasian, of slim/athletic build, 189cm tall with short blond hair. It is believed he would have been wearing a blue polo shirt, black parka, a dark cycle helmet and carrying a small black backpack when he went missing. His Milazo mountain bike is half yellow at the front and half black at the back. Anyone with information about David Hill or his whereabouts is asked to contact Whanganui Police on 06 349 0600.