Tauranga bands together in gruelling search for dementia patient, 77, missing five days now

Police have thanked the community for their help as the search continues for a 77-year-old man who disappeared in Tauranga five days ago.

John Kohi Mohi, also known as John Moses, was last seen on Wilson Road, in the Maketu area, on Monday at around 1pm, Tauranga Police Inspector Zane Smith said.

Mr Mohi has been described as having a dark complexion, slim build, 182cm tall with white hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing a dark business-style button-down shirt with a blue and white check pattern, a pair of black or grey pants, and jandals.

He is also known to walk with his head down in a stooped position.

Mr Mohi, who has dementia, has not contacted his family since Monday and they have concerns for his safety, police said.

"We are now on the fifth day and the whole community has banded together in the search for Mr Mohi," says Inspector Phil Gillbanks.

"We have whānau and friends, as well as more than 90 Community volunteers from the surrounding area searching in hot unpleasant conditions, but their efforts are unwavering.

"Mr Mohi’s whānau are deeply concerned for his wellbeing and urge anyone who may have seen Mr Mohi, knows of his whereabouts, or may have given him a ride to another location to please contact police."

If anyone sees Mr Mohi, or someone fitting his description, they are encouraged to contact Tauranga Police as soon as possible on (07) 577 4300.

John Kohi Mohi, also known as John Moses. Source: Facebook / Bay of Plenty & Taupo Police