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Aitutaki man missing since last week

Wednesday March 30, 2016 Written by Published in Outer Islands
Dorn Marsters and his three children Alice, Heniata and Tofa. The children live in New Zealand. 16032919 Dorn Marsters and his three children Alice, Heniata and Tofa. The children live in New Zealand. 16032919

A 45year-old father of three has been missing on Aitutaki for more than a week.


Dorn Douglas Carl Marsters was last seen on the morning of Monday, March 21.walking along a road clad only in a pair of black shorts.

Inspector John Strickland of the Cook Islands Police Service said a missing person report was made to Aitutaki police the following day.

Local police conducted a search of the area where he was last seen, also covering all surrounding areas and other locations. A one-day island-wide search was conducted last Wednesday.

“Twenty-five men from the community volunteered their time to assist the Aitutaki police department, however (the search) was still unsuccessful,” says Strickland.

Family and friends of the missing man from all over the Pacific have launched a social media campaign pleading for any information that might help the search for Marsters.

Strickland said police were also doing “everything possible” to find Marsters, including sending an additional officer to Aitutaki to assist with the search.

“The only thing that can help us at this time is the information from the community,” says Strickland.

A further search is scheduled for this Thursday, this time covering the motu, reef and beaches.

Strickland said police were re-evaluating the case daily and would remain positive for a favourable outcome.

A big meitaki atupaka is extended to MP Teina Bishop for the sponsorship of fuel used in Thursday’s water search and to all those involved in looking for Marsters.

Anyone with information on Marsters’ whereabouts should contact Aitutaki police on 31015 or Rarotonga police on 22499. 


  • Comment Link Virginia Areaiiti Taurae Saturday, 22 October 2016 00:01 posted by Virginia Areaiiti Taurae

    Dearest Aunty Tearuru n Uncle Pare we are thinking of you n hopefully time heals all wounds within our hearts.... Where ever you are Dorn please come home mum n dad is waiting for you! The children is pleading for news I'm begging for your safe return... We are all waiting for news return n one last hug...

  • Comment Link Martha nicholas Saturday, 02 April 2016 07:52 posted by Martha nicholas

    Hope someone finds you my cuzzie love always from your cuzzies in new Zealand

  • Comment Link Vananga Poaru Thursday, 31 March 2016 07:29 posted by Vananga Poaru

    Dear editor,

    I've read your article about our beloved brother Dorn. The updates by the police department and ways of relaying our appreciation to the Aitutaki people, Cook Islands people for their support, prayers and comfort. Thank you very much.

    Just a correction to the caption under the photo of our brother and his children photo. It stated that his children lives in New Zealand - No, his children lives in Aitutaki with their grand parents Mr and Mrs Parerima Carl Marsters. Please correct this.

    Thank you

  • Comment Link Emma Daniel Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:02 posted by Emma Daniel

    I would like to thank everybody that have helped my sister Tearuru Carl and her husband Parerma Carl and all the people of Aitutaki,searching for my nephew Dorn just hoping and praying that he is safe some where there on the island.Including the police and everybody that has been involved of the seach may God Bless you all.

    Im going to ask my sister if she could get dogs involved maybe they could find him (Dorn Carl )

    Please sister and the police in Rarotonga as well this is the last Option.

  • Comment Link Tina Mataiti Wednesday, 30 March 2016 11:41 posted by Tina Mataiti

    Thank you CIN for sharing this story of my missing brother!