Search for Cissy's body widens

KIRSTY JOHNSTON
Last updated 17:09 27/11/2012
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POLICE SEARCH: Police teams search a new subdivision in Long Bay for missing woman "Cissy" Chen.

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MISSING: Bin "Cissy" Chen.

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Police have widened their search for missing Auckland woman Cissy Chen, saying it's possible her body may be hidden outside the North Shore area.

Detectives are urging the public to wrack their brains for any possible sightings of the missing accountant, last seen on Guy Fawke's night.

Officer in charge of the case Detective Senior Sergeant Megan Goldie said today that police believe it is possible Chen's body could be located in a secluded area suchas a green belt or rural bush reserve. It could be lying further afield than the North Shore.

A homicide investigation into the 44-year-old's presumed death is now in its third week.

Chen was last seen when she left work about 5pm on November 5 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.

After two weeks of searching police announced that they believed Chen was dead and upgraded the inquiry to a homicide investigation.

Goldie is yet to reveal why police believe Chen is no longer alive, other than saying there have been no sightings of her since the Monday of her disappearance. No one has been arrested in the case, but a man who lived at Chen's address is assisting police with their inquiry.

Police have conducted sea, air and land searches for the missing woman, including a search of a subdivision development in Long Bay.

Goldie said yesterday that 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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