Dive squad joins search for missing man

Michael McGrath, 49, was last seen at his Checketts Ave home in Halswell on May 21. PHOTO: Supplied

The Police National Dive Squad will join the search for missing Halswell man Michael McGrath today.

Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney said the squad would carry out water searches in Halswell, where police have been searching for more than a week.

The 49-year-old builder hasn’t been seen since May 21, when he was at his Checketts Ave home in Halswell, where he lives alone.

He was reported missing on May 23.

Detective Inspector Sweeney said the dive squad was being utilised to complement the search of locations in Halswell.

“With a number of water features in the area, investigators are employing the divers’ expertise to conduct a thorough search.”

Other specialists continue to search areas on land, he said.

He said police were likely to complete their scene examination of a property of interest, on Candys Rd tomorrow.

The property is owned by Correction’s officer David Benbow, who works at Christchurch Men’s Prison.

Mr Benbow is reportedly a childhood friend of Mr McGrath.

Police have been searching the property since May 31.

Michael McGrath was captured on CCTV camera shopping at Halswell New World two days before he disappeared. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Mr McGrath was captured on CCTV camera footage shopping at Halswell New World on May 19 at 12.38pm – two days before he disappeared.

Detective Inspector Sweeney said police were still appealing for information from the public, and were assessing the information already received.

Investigators remained committed to the case, he said.

“We want to find Michael McGrath.”

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