Police investigators ask for public help to find missing Bay of Plenty man

  • 09/02/2023
Police are looking for missing Bay of Plenty man, Lofty Maki
Police are looking for missing Bay of Plenty man, Lofty Maki Photo credit: Supplied police

Police are calling for the public's help to find Bay of Plenty man, Lofty Maki, who went missing after a visit to a Rotorua Pak'nSave. 

The 63-year-old was last seen by family leaving his home in Murupara on 6th December in a white Suzuki Grand Vitara, registration LJJ931. 

It's believed he drove to the supermarket, but his route after that time is uncertain, though cameras did capture images of his car driving towards Napier and then in the direction back towards Taupō.

Investigators said checks of Taupo, Whakatane and Rotorua hospitals haven't turned up any results and enquiries with the bank, supermarkets, petrol stations and other places have also failed to lead to any answers. Police said in a statement that officers, whānau and friends have carried out extensive ground searches and followed up with potential witnesses "to no avail".

Lofty Maki is described as being of "a small, thin build, between 160cm and 170cm tall, and he is possibly in the early stages of dementia. At times he forgets who, or where he is and occasionally leaves his car running to keep the interior warm."

Police hope that more witnesses will come forward, to find out what has happened to Lofty.

Anyone with information is asked to call 105 or fill out a report online at 105.police.govt.nz, using 'Update Report'.

Reference the file number 221210/8845.