Police are continuing their search for an Auckland man who went missing from a hospital inpatient unit, and say they have received an outstanding response from the public.
Stephen Kapeli, 26, was last seen in the North Shore suburb of Takapuna on Wednesday, April 5 and North Shore Police’s Detective Sergeant Steve Brewer said police had concerns because Kapeli’s disappearance was out of character.
“He hasn’t used his bank account or cellphone and hasn’t been in contact with family, which is unusual,” Brewer said.
Kapeli was described as 179cm tall and of medium to solid build and was last seen wearing shorts and a t-shirt.
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“Police are continuing with the investigation; however, unfortunately there have been no significant updates regarding Stephen Kapeli,” Brewer said.
“Police have received an outstanding response from the public, especially as a result of the post on the Waitemata Police Facebook page, which has been shared significantly.”
The Waitemata District Healty Board is also working with police to find Kapeli, according to acting director of mental health Dr Mike Ang.
“Stephen left our inpatient unit late on Wednesday afternoon on approved unescorted leave and did not return at the agreed time,” Ang said.
Staff notified police shortly after, he said.
“Waitemata DHB is working with Police and encourages anyone who may have seen Stephen to come forward so we can find him and ensure he is safe.”
Brewer said Kapeli has an affinity to the water and is known to spend hours at or near North Shore beaches of Lake Pupuke.
Anyone who may have seen Kapeli or have information on his whereabouts was asked to call the North Shore CIB on (09) 477 5261.