Concerns for student’s safety
A Mt Albert student missing for nearly a fortnight had not been going to classes at AUT University for almost two months before he disappeared, say police.
Srikanth Rayadurgam, 23, has been missing since October 1 and concerns for his safety are growing.
Up until late last week, police thought he had been regularly going to classes but have since discovered his last confirmed appearance was on August 17.
“This information has obviously been crucial to the investigation and we are appealing to people who may have had contact with him during the past few months, to contact us on the operation number, 0800-111377,” says acting detective senior sergeant Joe Aumua.
He says cellphone records show Mr Rayadurgam was at a Starbucks cafe in the city at 6.30pm the day he went missing but which Starbucks it was has yet to be confirmed.
“We’re also very interested to know if anyone recalls seeing him around the Karangahape Rd area on the evening of October 1 and in the early hours of October 2 as his mobile phone was polling in that area occasionally.
“It may be that someone else was in possession of his phone during these times, we don’t know at this stage,” says Mr Aumua.
His card was used to withdraw $250 from his National Bank account at an ATM machine on Queen St at 2.17pm that day.
Mr Rayadurgam’s brother-inlaw Nagesh Kakanoor says the family found some of the missing student’s belongings near the Westhaven Marina after a cyclist discovered his wallet in the area.
Police examined Mr Rayadurgam’s bedroom on Monday, October 12 for clues about his disappearance and have spoken further with family members.