MISSING: Police search for Vainenooroa Tuaratini


Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a man missing from the Hunter Region since last week.

Vainenooroa Tuaratini (known as ‘Scotty’), aged 25, was last seen at about 3am on Saturday 9 December, on Bridge Street in Muswellbrook.

He hasn’t been seen since.

Officers from the Hunter Valley Police District were notified of his disappearance later that morning and commenced inquiries into his whereabouts.

Police and his family have concerns for Vainenooroa’s welfare due to a medical condition.

Vainenooroa is described as being of Pacific Islander appearance, about 175cm tall, of solid build, with brown eyes and short black hair.

When last seen, he was wearing green camouflage cargo shorts and a faded green t-shirt.

Vainenooroa is known to frequent the Belmore and Lakemba areas.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via its online reporting page Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.