Police search for missing Turangi woman

Search and rescue teams are searching for a missing Turangi woman.

Senior Constable Barry Shepherd of the Taupo police said officers from Turangi and Taupo police and Land Search and Rescue volunteers from Turangi, Taihape, National Park and Taupo were all part of a search for a missing 62-year-old Turangi woman.

Mr Shepherd said the woman and her companion, a 60-year-old Auckland man, went into the Kaimanawa Forest Park near the end of Kiko Rd on Saturday to camp overnight and return home on Sunday.

About 6.30pm on Saturday the pair split up about 200 metres from their campsite - it was her intention to walk the short distance back to camp, while he headed off for an evening hunt.

Mr Shepherd said when the man returned to camp later that evening, the woman was no where to be found.

The man spent all day Sunday looking for her and called police on Monday morning to report her missing.

Mr Shepherd said a total of 25 search and rescue volunteers and police staff were now into the second day of the search.

"The operation was supported last night by the Taupo-based Greenlea Rescue Helicopter with Night Vision Goggles.  An RNZAF helicopter is due in Turangi soon to continue supporting the operation this evening.''

Mr Shepherd said the woman was inexperienced in the bush but is fit and in good health and was accompanied by a dog when last seen.

"Police are concerned for her safety now that she has spent three nights missing, but are optimistic considering the very favourable weather conditions.  Two search teams have this afternoon reported finding boot and dog prints in the Tauranga-Taupo River within the search area.''


- Rotorua Daily Post

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