Husband at loss over missing wife

KIRSTY JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 08/11/2012
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MISSING: Bin "Cissy" Chen.

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A desperate husband is struggling to understand his wife's disappearance, as police today begin their third day of searches without a clue as to the missing woman's whereabouts.

Detectives will now move on to interviewing friends and colleagues of North Shore accountant Bin Chen in the hope of finding some answers as to her whereabouts.

Chen, who is better known as Cissy, went for a walk from her Torbay home about 5.30pm on Monday and never returned.

Her husband reported her missing to police on Monday evening. He is distraught, police said.

"Not knowing is doing his head in," acting Detective Senior Sergeant Megan Goldie said.

"He's struggling to understand what might have happened."

Goldie said Chen often went for walks along Long Bay beach - an area not considered dangerous. There were cliffs and bush in the wider area, but not on her usual route.

"We are very concerned about her welfare," Goldie said.

"We are keeping an open mind as to where she went on Monday evening but with no sightings reported so far, our concern for her welfare and wellbeing is certainly mounting."

Search and rescue teams including the police Eagle helicopter have combed North Shore beaches for signs of Chen without success.

Goldie said there was nothing "at all" to indicate what had happened and police were not working to any particular scenario. "It is a total puzzle," she said.

About 30 police were working on the case.

Chen is a 44-year-old Chinese woman of medium build and 1.56m tall. She was last seen wearing dark trousers - possibly blue jeans - and a white fleece top.

Anyone with information is asked to call North Shore Police on 09 477 5207 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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