Police have confirmed a body found near Pauatahanui Inlet yesterday is that of 53-year-old missing woman Julia Ann Springer.
A member of the public spotted the body from a bus near Duck Creek about 5.30pm yesterday, and police formally identified her this morning.
A police search team scoured Camborne Walkway around the Pauatahanui Inlet on Monday and Tuesday, but it did not turn up any signs of Ms Springer, known as Julie.
She was last seen about 4.30pm on Sunday, and her still-warm blue Nissan Pulsar hatchback was found at 2.30am on Monday near Grays Rd.
Detective Sergeant Brent Clark said the search did not reveal any items which led police to believe her disappearance was suspicious, but the situation is being referred to the coroner, who will determine the cause of death.
Principal of Whitby's Discovery School, Carmen Jennings, confirmed that Ms Springer had taught at the primary school for terms three and four last year.
''She was a very nurturing teacher with the new entrants. A very quiet person, who suffered a little from depression.''
Mrs Jennings said Ms Springer moved to Tauranga, where she had family, after her contract with the school finished, but after having difficulty finding work she returned to Wellington.
Discovery School teachers were briefed on the situation yesterday. The school had received queries from parents, but pupils had not yet been informed and none had asked about the search.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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