Search fruitless, but family won’t give up

Tuesday April 05, 2016 Written by Published in Outer Islands

Though continued searches for missing Aitutaki man Dorn Marsters continues to produce unsuccessful results, his family and friends refuse to lose hope.


An Aitutaki source, who asked to remain anonymous, said yesterday that the search conducted on Thursday March 31 saw police and volunteers concentrating on all the motus, reef lines and beaches around the island.

A further land search was conducted on Friday morning involving police, community volunteers and government workers all on board eager to help after receiving a radio appeal from Inspector Tepaki Baxter and Rere Mataiti.

The team began their search on foot, covering a large area of land. From Aratea they scoured through dense bush to Taravao before going through to Tautu wharf.  The search was completed at around 2pm to allow police time to reassess the situation and revisit new leads.

Later that evening a small team including Marster’s brother Constable Alfred Marsters, Police Inspector Tepaki Baxter and close family and friends met to plan an early morning water search focusing on a certain area in the lagoon.

At 7am Saturday morning, a low key search began headed by Baxter and supported by the Te Kukupa maritime police patrol boat crew and close family and friends of the missing man.

The team swept through the area with their boats, snorkelers and suba-divers searching every inch of the lagoon, looking in and around the coral heads.

However, due to the scheduled departure of the Te Kukupa crew for Penryhn at sunset, the search ended at 4.30pm.

A meal was provided by the Marsters family and a sign of appreciation to the community, police and the crew of Te Kukupa for all that they had done.

“It was a very emotional time for both the families of Dorn as well as the many community volunteers,” the source said.

“However the family and friends of Marsters still remain positive and hopeful and the search by the family will continue until more information comes to light.”

Family and friends of Dorn Marsters ask anyone who may have any information whether big or small to please contact the Aitutaki Police department on 31015 or 22499 in Rarotonga.

An official police report is still to be submitted by the Cook Islands Police Department.   

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