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Divers call off search

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. The search for Patrick Gopal Reddy, 54, who was reported missing by a drinking partner at the Dreketi Lane Bridge on Tuesday took a
02 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : SUN FIJI NEWSROOM. The search for Patrick Gopal Reddy, 54, who was reported missing by a drinking partner at the Dreketi Lane Bridge on Tuesday took a new twist after divers and the police failed to failed to find any sign of him after four days of extensive search.
West Police spokesman Wame Bautolu said Mr Reddy was assumed to have been drowned after his friend found him missing.
Four police search teams combed the Dreketi Lane and nearby area but not a sign of a body was found.
“We are appealing for public help on the whereabouts of Patrick since there are chances of him being alive,” said Mr Bautolu.
Mr Reddy’s friend reported to the police on the same night after Mr Reedy didn’t want to leave when it started to rain and he also didn’t want to pay the van fare.
“When he came back with the police, Mr Reddy was nowhere in sight,” said Mr Bautolu.
Mr Reddy is an Australian citizen in the country for a holiday.
“A lot of manpower has been put by the police and we are now asking the public to come forward if they have any information regarding the missing man since no one saw him falling off the bridge and we were acting for the information given by his friend,” aid Mr Bautolu.
“The nearby community also helped in the search for Mr Reddy and we are grateful for their assistance”.
Meanwhile the Veiseisei villager eported missing at sea last year has still not been found and the police are seeking public assistance.
Jone Qio went with14 fellow villagers to South Seas Island but not come ashore after their boat capsized between Vuda and South Sea Island.
Mr Bautolu said the police combed the nearby waters for one week before Christmas but nothing was found.
“We have called off the search but any one with any information can report to the nearest police station,” he said.



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