Search for Cissy Chen scaled back

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

There are still no clues as to the whereabouts of North Shore woman Cissy Chen almost three months after she went missing.

Police say they have exhausted all search areas but have uncovered nothing.

Waitemata Police Detective Inspector Bruce Scott said the homicide investigation had been scaled back to involve just three staff as opposed to the original 20-strong team.

Chen’s partner has been helping with the investigation, he said. Scott was not willing to clarify how he was “assisting” for fear of jeopardising the process.

A forensic examination of Chen’s Waiau St, Torbay home she shared with her partner turned up nothing suspicious, he said.

Chen was reported missing on November 5 when her partner told police she did not return after an evening walk along Long Bay Beach.

Scott said he does not believe Chen ever went for a walk.

Immediate search efforts involved the Eagle helicopter, the police launch Deodar and officers on foot.

Two weeks later the case was elevated to a homicide investigation and the search switched to focus on rural and green belt areas in Long Bay and the wider North Shore area.

The police dive team was called in shortly after to search waterways in the vicinity of her home.

“We have now reached all areas that would be obvious or where you could possibly hide a body and we have come up with nothing. We have since put searches on the backburner until new information comes to light,” he said.

Chen’s two brothers Philip and Peter spent a month in New Zealand assisting with the investigation but have since returned to China.

Chen arrived in New Zealand as an international student 22 years ago and has lived here ever since, working as an accountant at a North Shore firm.

She has no other family here but did have a tight group of female friends who have all been in touch with police, Scott said.

If you can help call North Shore police on (09) 4775000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.

North Shore Times