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Missing Person Week - Renewed appeal to locate man missing from Northern Beaches

Thursday, 04 August 2022 04:04:59 AM

As Missing Persons Week continues, police are reappealing for assistance from the public to locate a man missing from Sydney’s Northern Beaches since last year.

Taituha Hona, also known as Tai, aged 37, was last seen leaving his Dee Why home, about 2pm on Saturday 24 July 2021, telling his family he was going out to eat and would return later.

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command were notified of his disappearance after he failed to return home or attend his workplace the following day, which is out of character for Tai.

An investigation commenced into his whereabouts; however, Mr Hona has not been located.

Northern Beaches Crime Manager, Detective Acting Inspector Brett O’Neill, said police continue to investigate Tai’s disappearance and urge anyone with information to come forward.

“Regardless of how insignificant you think it may be, we encourage anyone yet to speak to police who may’ve seen Tai around the time of his disappearance to come forward,” Det A/Insp O’Neill said.

“Irrespective of time, police will always pursue any new information that may assist investigators in determining what has happened to a person who is missing.”

Tai is described as being of Maori appearance, of solid build, about 185cm tall, with short black/brown hair. He also has tattoos on his back and chest.

Missing Persons Week is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons and runs between Sunday 31 July and Saturday 6 August 2022.

If you have been reported as missing it means that someone is concerned about your safety and welfare. It is not a crime to go missing. You should attend the nearest police station with identification so that Police can ascertain that you are safe and well.

For more information on the campaign visit www.missingpersons.gov.au

As inquiries continue, police are appealing for anyone with information about Mr Hona’s whereabouts to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.