Body confirmed as missing woman

STACEY KIRK
Last updated 20:32 24/11/2012
Michelle
MISSING: Police are unable to confirm whether the body found is that of missing woman Michelle Hoffman-Tamm.

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Police have confirmed the body they found near Murupara is of missing Rotorua woman Michelle Hoffman-Tamm.

Hoffman-Tamm was last seen in the late afternoon of November 7, when she left her home on her bicycle. The bike was found in a Rotorua suburb on Thursday.

Her body was found about 2.30pm yesterday in an area of forest close to SH38, about 10kms out of Murupara. 

Police confirmed that it was of the missing woman this evening.

A scene examination of the site where the body was found had been completed and police spokesman Kim Perks said police had focused their attention on a Holland St address.

Investigations at the address were "expected to continue for a couple more days", police said tonight.

Police said their investigation yesterday led them to a rural location close to State Highway 38, between Rotorua and Murupara.

A 44-year-old woman has already appeared in court charged with assaulting Hoffman-Tamm.

She entered no plea to the charge and was granted interim name suppression when she appeared before community magistrate Lesley Jensen in the Rotorua District Court yesterday.

The investigation into Hoffman-Tamm's disappearance has been upgraded to a homicide investigation.

In an earlier statement police said they wanted to hear from anyone who was in the area of Holland St between 6pm on Wednesday November 7 and Sunday November 11 - and in Victoria St between Sunday November 11 and Monday November 12.

Police said they were interested in the movements of a two-tone light-coloured Subaru Legacy station wagon between November 7 and 12 which may have been seen travelling around Rotorua or between Rotorua, Whakatane and Murupara.

The woman charged with assault was remanded in custody to reappear on December 3. Police said further charges were likely.

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