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Search for North Shore woman scaled back

MARYKE PENMAN
Last updated 05:00 31/01/2013
Cissy Chen
MYSTERY CASE: Police have no fresh leads as to the murder of Torbay woman Cissy Chen.

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

Police say they have exhausted all search areas but have uncovered nothing to shed light on her disappearance.

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

Ms Chen's partner has been assisting with the investigation, Mr Scott says.

But Mr Scott is not willing to clarify how he is "assisting" for fear of jeopardising the process.

A forensic examination of Ms Chen's Waiau St home she shared with her partner in Torbay turned up nothing suspicious, Mr Scott says.

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

Mr Scott says he does not believe Ms 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," Mr Scott says.

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

Ms 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, Mr Scott says.

If you can help call North Shore police on 477 5000 or Crimestoppers 0800 111 555.

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