Fears grow for missing uni student
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.