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Dive squad called in for Whitianga search

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 27/09/2016

Police dive squads have been called to help in the search for an Auckland teen missing in Coromandel since Saturday as searchers say they have no leads.

Lucas Cochrane, 19, was last seen at a function at Whitianga Fire Station late on Saturday night.

A team of about 40 people, including search specialists and a dozen family are still searching for him days on.

On Tuesday, Inspector John Kelly said no positive leads had been found.

"Without that information we will continue to search the entire township and waterways," he said.

Police have now called the National Dive Squad to help.

He said the teams were committed to looking for at least another two days.

"We won't stop looking for Lucas."

Police say the teams, assisted by the police helicopter Eagle, are searching farms, small pockets of bush, roadways and waterways.

They say local residents have been providing home baking and other refreshments to the searchers.

Mr Cochrane is described as European, 182cm tall and of medium build, with short, sandy coloured hair.

When he was last seen, he was wearing a black t-shirt, dark blue jeans, black peaked cap and white Nike shoes with red and blue on them.

Police say they have been told his disappearance is "completely out of character".

Rain is expected in the area over coming days.

"As time goes on obviously our concerns grow for Lucas and we will continue to assess our approach to the search day by day," Insp Kelly said.

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