Fears grow for miss­ing uni stu­dent

Central Leader - - News -

It’s been more than a week since Srikanth Rayadurgam’s fam­ily have seen or heard from him and fears for his safety are grow­ing.

The 23-year-old left his Mt Al­bert home last Thurs­day to go to AUT Uni­ver­sity but never turned up.

His fam­ily raised the alarm when he didn’t come home by 10pm.

Mem­bers of the po­lice dive team searched the Waitem­ata Har­bour on Wed­nes­day af­ter some of Mr Rayadurgam’s be­long­ings were found near Westhaven Ma­rina.

His brother-in-law Nagesh Kakanoor says the fam­ily thought he had gone from uni­ver­sity to work and usu­ally fin­ishes by 10pm.

They didn’t find out un­til later that his man­ager had called him ear­lier that day to give him the night off.

Text mes­sages and calls to his cell­phone went unan­swered – some­thing Mr Kakanoor says was un­usual.

“He usu­ally in­stantly re­sponds. On the day that didn’t hap­pen.”

When he still hadn’t re­sponded by 12.30am, panic set in and the fam­ily called po­lice.

Mr Kakanoor con­tacted Mr Rayadurgam’s bank and found out that the last trans­ac­tion on his card was made at 2.17pm that day.

AUT called the fam­ily and said a woman had found Mr Rayadurgam’s wal­let near Westhaven Ma­rina so they went to the spot and found more of his be­long­ings, in­clud­ing his left shoe, cell­phone and his back­pack, which was in the wa­ter.

His chef’s coat from his part-time job was also found on rocks at low tide.

The stu­dent has only been in New Zealand since Fe­bru­ary af­ter mov­ing from In­dia to study.

His par­ents re­mained in In­dia.

“I have in­formed them and they are shat­tered. We don’t know what we are try­ing to do now, there is no help.

“I am pre­pared for the worst. If any­thing good hap­pens, we’ll take it,” says Mr Kakanoor.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about Mr Rayadurgam can con­tact the Avon­dale po­lice sta­tion on 820-5700.

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