December 11, 2023

‘I believe foul play is involved’: Sister’s emotional plea as new info comes to light about missing man

Watch: John's sister Melissa on AM.

The sister of a man who vanished over a year ago believes foul play is involved in his disappearance. 

John Mills, 52, from Mt Roskill, has not been seen since June 2022. His car, a blue Nissan Pulsar with the registration YD4731, was last seen in the Waikato area.

Joining AM on Friday, his sister Melissa Adams Mills said it has been a very hard year for her family.

Melissa was the one to report John missing when she didn’t hear from him for two weeks following a strange phone call where John said his tires had been slashed and he couldn’t come back to Auckland.

However, a year after his disappearance, John’s Eftpos card was used by someone else.

CCTV footage showed a man at a Hamilton petrol station attempting to use his Eftpos card.

“I was told that my brother has two Eftpos cards and that this ‘friend’ of his that was caught using his Eftpos card had conversations, text messages, that allowed him to access my brother’s bank account and to withdraw money,” Melissa told AM co-host Ryan Bridge.

She said she doesn’t believe her brother is alive but is desperate to find out what happened to him.

“He’s my only brother,” Melissa said through tears. “He was my big brother and he was a wonderful person. He meant a lot to me, he was a real pain in the butt sometimes, but he was a funny guy.

“He was a very helpful and caring person, and he would actually stop and help anybody, he was that type of guy.

“I don’t understand why somebody’s taken his life. He would never harm anybody, he does not have that bone in him to actually hurt anybody. So, I believe foul play is involved.”

Melissa wants to speak to the man who used John’s Eftpos card and the person who lent him their car after his tires were slashed. 

A police spokesperson said officers are continuing to work hard to piece together what happened to John Mills.

Police would like to ask the public again if anyone has seen John, or his vehicle, or has any information that could assist, to please call 105 and quote file number 220620/9565. Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111. 

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