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Police seek vehicles in Hayward case

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/06/2017

A Hamilton man's disappearance almost four years ago, which police initially treated as a missing person's inquiry, could be a case of hit-and-run.

Frederick "Rick" Hayward was 67 when he was last seen leaving his Thames St home around 5pm on Monday, September 2, 2013.

He had intended to travel to the family bach in Raglan.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Saunders says new information has come to light and police are making fresh inquiries.

"We now believe something sinister may have happened to Rick," he said.

"It may be the case that Mr Hayward was the victim of a hit-and-run. We are not suggesting that anyone deliberately knocked him down.

"However, the driver might have panicked and disposed of Mr Hayward's body."

Two vehicles are being sought - a dark-coloured Nissan Terrano, seen on Old Mountain Road, and a ute, possibly with TX in the number plate.

Det Sgt Saunders said police had information that Mr Hayward's red Toyota hatchback was parked on Old Mountain Road, near the Karamu track walkway, that Monday and was still there the following day.

He asked people who used the road at the time to think back and recall if they saw a vehicle being driven in a dangerous manner, or a damaged vehicle.

He said police also wanted to hear from anyone who might have been told by another person about being involved in a crash.

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