Indian student goes missing in New Zealand

Last Updated: Mon, Jul 01, 2013 14:44 hrs

A 23-year-old Indian student has gone missing in New Zealand, prompting police to seek help from public to trace him.

Police in Manurewa, South Auckland, said Indian national Ankur Sharma, who has been missing since June 9, arrived in New Zealand in February on a student visa.

Ankur had recently obtained a work visa that was valid until March 2014, they said, adding the Indian student was last known to be living in Manurewa.

Ankur was believed "now more likely to be somewhere in the Auckland City area", the police said in a statement.

Ankur's family in India have not seen or heard from their son for several weeks and are keen to know that he is okay, as are police, Detective Grant Arrowsmith of Manurewa police said.

"At this stage police are treating this as a missing persons case and have no reason to suspect anything untoward has occurred to Ankur but obviously we would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard from him so that we can reassure everyone, including his worried family, that he is okay," he said.

"Alternatively, Ankur is asked to get in touch with us directly, or anonymously with no strings attached, so that we can reassure everyone who is concerned about him that he is safe and well," Arrowsmith said.

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