Dive squad may join Cissy search

MISSING: Bin "Cissy" Chen.
MISSING: Bin "Cissy" Chen.

A dive squad may be called in to help search for the body of missing Auckland woman Cissy Chen as a homicide investigation into her presumed death moves into its third week.

There has been no sign of the 44-year-old accountant since she disappeared on Guy Fawkes, November 5.

Chen left work about 5pm and was reported missing to police by her partner that same night.

He told police he became worried after she did not return from a regular walk along Long Bay beach, near her home in the North Shore suburb of Torbay.

Last week, detective senior sergeant Megan Goldie, the officer in charge of the investigation, said police believed Chen was dead and upgraded the inquiry to a homicide investigation.

She would not reveal why police believed Chen was no longer alive other than to say there had been no sightings of her since the Monday of her disappearance.

Since then, police have conducted sea, air and land searches for the missing woman, including a search of a subdivision development in Long Bay last week.

Goldie said police were likely to return to cover the area "more thoroughly" this week. There was a pond at the location, so the dive squad were on stand by to help with the search, she said.

"We want to be satisfied she's not in there," Goldie said.

 "We need her back."

Goldie said police were continuing to talk to associates and family members of Chen and her partner. A man at her house was "assisting" police with their inquiry.

There were still 20 officers working on the case, plus the search team as required.

Chen's two brothers flew to New Zealand from China last week to make a public plea for information.

"We are desperate to find where Cissy is, or what happened to her, whether she is dead or alive," Philip Chen said.

"It's so unexpected because she is so lovely, hardworking, and frugal. This is too much to bear."

Cissy Chen, whose real name is Bin, had been in New Zealand for 22 years, after moving to New Zealand as an international student.

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