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The Star: June 01, 2017

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8 Thursday June 1 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday June 1 2017 9 News Missing man: Police still tight-lipped • By Kurt Bayer POLICE ARE remaining tightlipped over their investigation into the out-of-character disappearance of builder Michael Craig McGrath. Mr McGrath, 49, was last seen at his Checketts Ave home, Halswell, on May 21. A large police investigation is under way to find him. Yesterday morning, detectives showed Mr Michael McGrath McGrath’s family, including his mother, Adrienne, and brother Simon, through his deserted home. Police have spent several days examining the property, but by yesterday an army-style tent used to store evidence had been removed. The house remained taped off, with a mobile police base, a security guard and two unmarked police cars parked on the street. Police started knocking his neighbours’ doors last Thursday and remained in the area yesterday. Approached for an update into MYSTERY: Police at Mr McGrath’s Halswell property. the probe, a police spokeswoman would only say: “The missing person investigation continues. No further updates at this stage.” His brother Simon says while there will “obviously going to be all sorts of theories” about the disappearance, the family is focusing on any sightings of him or his blue 1994 Subaru Legacy station wagon. In a Facebook plea for information, Simon said: “Very unlike him to go walking – has never done so before and he has been in good spirits.” He also wrote that the family was “up and down.” “At this stage, all we can mainly do is hope.” Simon McGrath referred other inquiries to police. Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney, who is leading the investigation, said police “have concerns for his welfare”. It remains a missing persons investigation, police say. Missing person posters have been placed around the area. On Friday, police cordoned off his well-kept red brick property PHOTO: GEOFF SLOAN where he lived alone. Locals say there has been a lot of police activity over the past four days. One neighbour said police came to her last Thursday wanting to eliminate her silver car from their inquiries. “It’s really strange. It has us all worried,” she said. Mr McGrath’s blue station wagon was taken away from his property – just a few doors down from where “Black Widow” Helen Milner fatally poisoned Phil Nisbet in May 2009 – at the weekend. Detective Inspector Sweeney is appealing for sightings of the Subaru over the weekend of May 20-22 in the Halswell area. Neighbours have described Mr McGrath as a quiet man who rarely had visitors. “We hardly see him,” one neighbour said. “My kids say ‘hi’ to him when he’s out gardening and when he was out biking which he did a lot.” She said everyone was “really worried”, especially at the mounting police activity. A local shopkeeper said Mr McGrath came in occasionally – but again said he was a very quiet, solitary figure. She also had concerns for his welfare. “It’s just fingers crossed really,” she said. •Anyone who has information about Mr McGrath or has employed him in the past few weeks is asked to phone Christchurch police on 03 363 7400 and cite file number 170523/6008. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. - NZ Herald Still trying to get your EQ damage or repair issues sorted Make your GP team your first call 24/7 Even after-hours a nurse is available to give free health advice Phone your usual General Practice number 24/7 12 9 3 6 We’ve helped hundreds of homeowners get what their policy promises. Talk to us about our “no win-no fee” approach. NO WIN NO FEE 12 9 6 3 Ph: 03 377 8855 | 127 Ferry Road, Christchurch City E: reception@earthquakeservices.co.nz | W: www.earthquakeservices.co.nz