Mother of missing Bay of Plenty doctor David Holland speaks out on 'nightmare' of son's disappearance on second anniversary

Missing Tauranga man David Holland with his mother Karen.
Missing Tauranga man David Holland with his mother Karen. Photo credit: Supplied / NZ Police

The mother of a missing Bay of Plenty man has spoken out on the second anniversary of his disappearance, saying it's "a nightmare" not having any closure.   

David Holland, 31 years old at the time of his disappearance, was last seen at his Papamoa Beach home on the evening of Friday, March 11 2022.  

Despite an extensive search and several enquiries being carried out by police since the doctor's disappearance, his whereabouts are still unknown.  

Sunday marks the second anniversary of Holland's disappearance and police continue to urge anyone with information to speak to them by quoting file number 220312/6869.  

Police have also released a statement from Holland's mother Karen, who said his disappearance and the lack of answers are a "nightmare" but she has hope she will see him again.  

Karen said her message is "from the heart" and "very hard to write" but the second anniversary marks an opportunity to ask New Zealanders in "the hope they can provide me with some support in my ongoing search for answers".   

Missing Tauranga man David Holland.
Missing Tauranga man David Holland. Photo credit: Supplied / NZ Police

Holland, who is Karen's youngest son, was originally from the UK and worked as an anaesthetics registrar at Tauranga Hospital.   

Karen said her son's disappearance in 2022 came as a complete shock as he had lived in New Zealand since 2017 and had recently applied for residency.   

"Life changed forever when I took the late night call from New Zealand telling me that there was concern about his safety," Karen said in a statement.    

Holland was initially thought to have been lost at sea while swimming at his home beach but CCTV later emerged showing a person who looked like him walking towards State Highway 29a. 

"Hence, no closure. We still have no news. Nothing. Just speculation. A nightmare. We want to wake up," she said.   

Karen remembered his son as clever, multi-talented, sporty, caring, kind, thoughtful and a beautiful human being, who is being missed by family and friends in New Zealand and the UK.  

"Having visited David several times in New Zealand, the country will always be special to me," Karen said.   

Missing Tauranga man David Holland with his mother Karen.
Missing Tauranga man David Holland with his mother Karen. Photo credit: Supplied / NZ Police

She also issued a plea to anyone with information about Holland to come forward.   

"I'm appealing to people all over New Zealand to come forward with any information that they may have linked to his disappearance or his current whereabouts, if he is still with us," she said.  

"If you are connected to his disappearance in any way, or know someone that may have been, please contact the police."  

She also had a message for her son, saying if he sees this message "please come back to us".  

"You are my waking thought, my last thought at night. Dealing with ambiguous loss, grieving, looking for answers is part of my life. Grief doesn't go away and can be incredibly lonely.  No parent chooses this road," she said.   

"Our relationship was so close. The memories that we have of David are so precious. We remember and cherish a very special person and just want you back with us.  We still have hope. And always will. David is very much alive in our hearts and minds. We love you."