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Police release last known picture of missing Dunedin man Gordon McLean

Police have released an updated photo of missing man Gordon McLean.

A "frail" Dunedin man missing for more than 24 hours may have fallen, police believe. 

Scores of people have joined the search Gordon McLean, known as Gordy.

He was reported missing at 3pm on Thursday. He was last seen leaving Wakari Hospital in Taieri Rd.

The 63-year-old was wearing a dark polar fleece, a red polo shirt, and trousers, brown slippers and a black puffer sleeveless jacket. He is about 152cm tall, of thin build.  

Sergeant Richard Panting, the search and rescue coordinator, released an updated picture of McLean leaving hospital.

Police had serious concerns for his welfare, with the search party involving 50 people.


That included LandSAR volunteers, including some from the North Island, who had been training near Dunedin. So far they had not found anything to suggest where Mclean may be.

"Mclean is considered very frail and police have serious concerns for his welfare, particularly that he may have fallen, " Panting said. 

Searchers would go door-to-door in the suburbs of Wakari, Halfway Bush and Kaikorai.

Police asked residents, particularly in the Halfway Bush area, to check their properties "thoroughly" for any sign of McLean.

"Please check sheds and outbuildings in case Mr Mclean has taken shelter," Panting said. 

Anyone who had seen him was asked to call 111 immediately.

Any other information could be reported to Dunedin police by calling 03 471 4800.