Police name pair missing near Raglan

Olson Canatoy is one of the two missing men. Photos: NZ Police.

Police have released the names of the two men who were reported missing near Raglan in the weekend.

Olson Canatoy, age 52, and 44-year-old Eric Dabalos failed to return from a fishing trip to the Ruapuke area on Sunday.

Eric Dabalos.

The search on Tuesday utilised a drone, and the Police Eagle helicopter, and has been focused on Papanui Point, a remote location popular with some fishers, says a police spokesperson.

"The drone search is expected to continue today.

"Police are also aware of people in the local area and associates of the men who are conducting their own searches.

"While we understand the desire to help, we would urge people to please leave this to the official searchers.

"Anyone heading out into this area risks running into trouble themselves and needing further assistance," says police.

"However, we would reiterate our appeal to anyone who may have been fishing in the area, may have seen these two men, or witnessed anything of note on Sunday, to come forward.

Anyone with information which may assist is asked to contact Police on 105 and quote file number 211101/6076.

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