Body found in missing woman case

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Police investigating the disappearance of a Rotorua woman have confirmed they have found a body.


Information had been received from members of the public which police said led to "places of interest".


The body was found about 2.30pm today in an area of forest close to SH38 about 10km from Murupara.


Police earlier this afternoon revealed the missing person investigation was now a homicide inquiry.


The body is not confirmed to be Michelle Hoffman-Tamm, who has been missing since November 7.


Detective Senior Sergeant Zane Smith of the Rotorua CIB said the body had been taken away from where it was found on State Highway 38.


"We have formal identification processes to now go through and it would be wrong of me to speculate before those processes are complete. We have been continually updating Michelle's family on the progress of our investigation and of course we have advised them that we have located a body, but they too understand that we cannot jump to conclusions," Mr Smith said.


Ms Hoffman-Tamm's bike was also found On Thursday near some shops at the intersection of Te Ngae Rd and Basley Rd in Lynmore.

 


Meanwhile, a 44-year old woman appeared in Rotorua District Court this morning charged with assaulting Ms Hoffman-Tamm.


The Rotorua woman, who was granted interim name suppression, did not enter a plea when she appeared before a Community Magistrate and was remanded in custody to reappear in court on December 3.


 


Police said this afternoon they are not ruling out other charges.


They said family members were distraught.


Ms Hoffman-Tamm, 51, disappeared after leaving her Phillip St home by bicycle to visit a friend on November 7.


Mr Smith said police were still carrying out a forensic investigation at a house on Holland St.


He said police want to hear from anyone who was in the area of Holland St between 6pm on Wednesday November 7 and Sunday November 11, and in Victoria St between Sunday  November 11, and Monday November 12.


"Police are particularly interested in the movements of a two-tone light-coloured Subaru Legacy stationwagon between the 7th and the 12th  travelling around Rotorua or between Rotorua, Whakatane and Murupara."


Anyone with information is asked to contact Rotorua Police on 07 349 9400. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

 


 

- Bay of Plenty Times

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