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Search becomes homicide inquiry

NICOLE PRYOR
Last updated 07:37 20/11/2012

The brothers of missing Torbay woman Bin "Cissy" Chen are on their visit from China assisting police in the search of their sister.

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MISSING: Bin "Cissy" Chen.

Chen brothers press conference

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The two brothers of a missing Torbay woman Cissy Chen, now suspected by police to be dead, are desperate to find her.

Philip and Peter Chen flew to New Zealand from China as soon as they knew of their sister's disappearance. They arrived last Tuesday.

Cissy, a 44-year-old accountant, went missing on Guy Fawkes, November 5, when she reportedly went for a walk from her Torbay home.

She has not been seen since.

The police upgraded the search to a homicide inquiry yesterday.

"We've had no sightings, or pieces of information about Cissy. That's why we've upgraded the status. But we're keeping an open mind," officer leading the search Bruce Scott says.

Philip Chen, the eldest brother of the Chen family, says he spoke to Cissy only two days before she went missing.

Speaking through an interpreter at the North Shore Police Centre, Mr Chen says he would prefer not to say how she was doing at the time of his conversation with her.

"We are desperate to find where Cissy is or what happened to her, whether she is dead or alive," he says.

"It's in our Chinese culture to have the person, dead or alive, to be home for peace of mind. Otherwise we will never feel this is the end of one's life."

He says in the past he has travelled to New Zealand in awe of the country's beauty, but this time around he comes with a "heavy mood and anxiety" to find his sister.

"We are very depressed. She was in the prime time to enjoy her life - this is really too much to accept," he says.

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

Mr Chen declined to comment about Cissy's de facto partner because he did not wish to compromise the investigation.

He says Cissy had been in New Zealand for 22 years, after moving to New Zealand as an international student.

"She thought New Zealand was such a beautiful country she wanted to stay."

The three siblings were very close all through childhood after their mother died in 1974.

Though most of Chen family knows of her disappearance, Philip Chen says their 77-year-old father still does not know.

"The only person who doesn't know about this matter is my father. All the other family members knew that we came over. It is a big blow to us and we are very desperate."

Mr Chen urges anyone with information about Cissy's disappearance to come forward.

He says they will be in the country until the beginning of December but will come back if necessary.

Fairfax NZ News

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