A body has been found near Murupara but police will not confirm it is that of missing Rotorua woman Michelle Hoffman-Tamm.
A police spokeswoman said the body was found about 2.30pm in an area of forest close to SH38, about 10kms out of Murupara.
"It is too early to speculate on the identity of the person found as a post-mortem and formal identification has to take place,'' the spokeswoman said.
Hoffman-Tamm was last seen in the late afternoon of November 7, when she left her home on her bicycle.
Police said their investigation yesterday led them to a rural location close to State Highway 38, between Rotorua and Murupara.
They were examining the area last night and were also to search a house in Rotorua. Hoffman-Tamm's bike was found in a Rotorua suburb yesterday.
A 44-year-old woman charged with assaulting Hoffman-Tamm appeared in court this morning.
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.
She was remanded in custody to reappear on December 3. Police have indicated further charges are likely
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.
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