Police search Auckland hotel room of missing Chinese tourist

Ling Fang Mai in Auckland before her mysterious disappearance. Photo/Police
Ling Fang Mai in Auckland before her mysterious disappearance. Photo/Police

Police have searched the hotel room of a female tourist who disappeared after going for a walk in central Auckland hours after arriving in the country.

Chinese tourist Ling Fang Mai has not been seen since she left her Parnell hotel room at the Quality Hotel in Gladstone Rd last Wednesday at 8pm.

The 42-year-old was part of a tour group that was bound for Australia just two days later.

She had landed in New Zealand earlier that day and visited the summit of Mt Eden before checking into her hotel room.

Mai told her roommate she was going for a walk, but never returned.

Security footage obtained from her hotel shows her leaving on Wednesday evening and walking to Gladstone Rd.

She was reported missing a day later and the rest of her tour party left the country on Friday as planned.

A police spokeswoman said the room where Mai was staying at the Quality Hotel had been examined for clues as part of the inquiry into her disappearance.

Today Quality Hotel general manager Wayne Darbyshire would not comment about the police inquiry, refusing to say if the missing tourist was part of the tour party that had checked into the Parnell hotel.

"We don't give out any information on guests either past or present," he said.

Meanwhile, Mai's family in China were very concerned, the police spokeswoman said.

Mai is a widow with a teenage child.

The police investigation was continuing.

- NZ Herald

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