Con­cerns for stu­dent’s safety

Central Leader - - News -

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.

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