29 Jun 2010

Police criticised over missing person inquiry

6:47 am on 29 June 2010

A coroner says he's concerned about the steps taken by police during a missing person's inquiry nearly two years ago in Upper Hutt.

The body of John Gerraty, who suffered from several medical conditions, was found eight days after he was reported missing.

The MASH Trust, which ran the home where Mr Gerraty lived, raised concerns that the police didn't carry out a ground search, particularly given their client's medical conditions.

A senior search and rescue coordinator told the Coroner's court that the two days between Mr Gerraty being reported missing and Search and Rescue being advised was too long.

The Coroner agreed, and is recommending the notification process between police communications, general staff and search and rescue be reviewed.