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Police appeal for info on missing man’s movements

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier
Stephen George

Police are trying to piece together more details about the movements of former Te Awamutu man Stephen George in this area on October 8 and 9.

As part of their homicide investigation, circulars seeking information from the public were delivered to Kihikihi letterboxes in recent days.

The homicide investigation follows the death of a man after an arson at a house east of Taupo on October 9. Mr George, a 33-year-old farm worker, lived alone at the Tirohanga house.

At the time of going to press identification of the dead man had not been confirmed. Mr George has not been seen since the fire.

Mr George’s car (a 1993 Nissan Primera) was stolen by the arsonist and found burned out on October 12, near Mangakino. Items found in the car, including a balaclava and pair of socks, have been examined by the ESR. Hairs found on the socks are having more forensic testing to obtain a DNA profile.

Police have established that Mr George was at an associate’s home in Kihikihi - before drinking at the Star Tavern on the evening of October 8. He left an associate’s home at 1.30am to go home. The Fire Brigade was called at 4.17am when the house was reported to be ablaze.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Stephen George between Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9, or has information about his disappearance.

Police are also appealing for information and sightings of his vehicle between October 8 and October 13. If you have information you think may be useful contact the Operation Star enquiry team - phone 0800 STAR09 (0800 782709).