Police were combing the hillsides and coastline of Lantau Island after a retired High Court judge went missing last night.

Marine and Lantau South division officers searched all night but found

no sign of John James Rhind, 80, after he left his home in Pui O, apparently having taken only his Hong Kong ID card with him.

His wife Nancy, 91, realised he had gone out when she called for him and got no answer at 8pm. “He knows the local area and trails very well and is a regular dog walker,” she said this morning, expressing grave concern as he had never before gone missing.

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Rhind, originally from Farnborough, Surrey, in England, came to work in Hong Kong in 1965 and retired as a High Court judge in 1994.

Police were appealing for everyone on Lantau, especially hikers, to look out for Rhind, who is 6’3”, of slim build and has combed-back white hair. He has a mobile phone but was said to have left it at home.

A police spokesman said at 11am today that a platoon of officers was to arrive at 12.45pm today to intensify the search of the Lantau coast and hills.

“We ask everyone to look out for Mr Rhind everyhere on Lantau,” the spokesman said, adding that Rhind could be some distance from his home.

Police at the Lantau South division can be reached by phone on 3661 1696.

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