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McGrath search moves to landfill

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/06/2017

Police will begin sifting through rubbish at a landfill site as they look for signs of a Christchurch man Michael McGrath.

Mr McGrath, 49, was reported missing on May 23.

On Thursday, the search for him moved to the Kate Valley landfill site at Waipara, with police and 20 New Zealand Army troops set to comb the area.

Police continue to hold grave concerns for his safety with his brother saying his disappearance is deeply out of character.

Operation Renovation, as the hunt for Mr McGrath is called, has already involved scene examinations at Christchurch houses and the search of waterways by police divers.

Pictures taken by a security camera at the New World supermarket in Halswell at 12.38pm on May 19 are among the last sightings of Mr McGrath.

He was last seen two days later at his home in Checketts Ave in Halswell.

Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney says Thursday's task to search the landfill will be tough and he thanked the army for its help.

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