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Police seek to locate visitors to Piha

Police seek to locate visitors to Piha
National News Release 10:00am 19 October 2004


Identikit picture of the man who went by the name Scott, but Police are unsure if this is his name.
Copyright 2003 NZ Police

Operation Surf detectives investigating the disappearance of Iraena Asher are asking for the public's assistance to identify people at Piha on the weekend Iraena disappeared.


The inquiry team is trying to locate four people who stayed at the Piha Camp Ground that night.


That includes two French tourists and a man who was asked to leave the camp due to his anti-social behaviour described as upsetting to other campers. Police have also released an identikit picture of the man who went by the name Scott, but Police are unsure if this is his name. He left the camp at about 11pm on the night Iraena disappeared.


Detective Senior Sergeant John Sutton says, "This man is not a suspect but is one of a number of people Police need to identify and speak to. Inquiries have been continuing into his identity since the morning Iraena disappeared and Police are now asking for the public's assistance with this identikit picture," says Detective Senior Sergeant Sutton. The man is described as


• caucasian aged between 40 and 50

• 178 cm in height (5'10), medium build with shaven/bald head

• a fat face, brown beard to chest, brownish possibly false teeth

• bush style clothing

• a distinctive wart on the left rear of his head

• carried a canvas kitbag with a water bag tied to bag worn over the shoulder with a home made strap.


If anyone believes they know the identity of the man or of other people at Piha yet to be spoken to by Police they should contact the Henderson Police on 09 839 0600.

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