Nelson police are trying to find a man who never showed up for work.
Murray Teece, 73, left his home in Hope, near Nelson, before 6am today.
He drove to his employer's office on Bartlett Rd in Appleby which was part of his normal routine as he headed to work, police say.
"It is unclear what has happened from there and police would like to hear from anyone who has seen Mr Teece or his small van."
Mr Teece is described as Caucasian, about 177cm tall. He was driving a green and silver Mitsubishi Delica, registration ZC8611.