Brian Bench was last seen at an address on Memorial Dr, near Riverside Dr in Parahaki. Photo / Included
Whangārei man Brian Bench has been found dead after four days of intense searching by Northland search and rescue teams.
Police spokesman Ryan Gray said Bench was right next to the Ross Track on Mt Parihaka around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
The 72-year-old was about 50 meters from the road, in an area that was well covered with brush.
The family has been informed, Gray said.
“It’s extremely sad for everyone involved, it’s not what we hope for when we come to work every day, but we are happy to be able to bring Brian back to his family.
“He was well known to many people.”
Bench, who was suffering from dementia, went missing from his home on Memorial Dr, near Riverside Dr in Parahaki, last Wednesday.
The night he went missing, he went to bed around 8pm and his wife woke up later to find that he had left.
Earlier on Sunday, police said they had “grave concerns” for the elderly man as the search entered its fourth day with heavy rain and more inclement weather early this week.
Police had concentrated Sunday’s search on Memorial Dr after new CCTV footage was obtained showing him walking up the hill at 10 p.m. last Wednesday.
The search involves the Northlands Land Search and Rescue team, the Land Search and Rescue Police and the Coast Guard who have searched the areas around the Town Basin and other Whangarei waterways.
Search teams have also knocked on the door of houses in the area and hiking trails in Dobbies Park and Ross Park in recent days.
The police thanked the public for the overwhelming turnout and help on Saturday.
More than 100 people along with more than 50 search and rescue personnel concentrated on the 300-meter radius around his property.
The search ended Saturday night with the police eagle helicopter circling the Riverside area with thermal imaging equipment.