A televised police interview with two psychics about the disappearance of Kaye Stewart has led to Lower Hutt police being flooded with possible new leads.
Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Levy interviewed psychics Kelvin Cruickshank and Deb Webber as part of the Sensing Murder series finale, which screened on Tuesday night on TV2.
Ratings released by AGB Nielsen Media Research reveal the show attracted more than half a million viewers - almost 180,000 more viewers than the debut of Who Wants to be a Millionaire on TV One.
Mr Levy told The Dominion Post that police had "a lot of information to digest" as a result of dozens of calls yesterday.
He said it was too early to know if any of the information would lead to Mrs Stewart's body being found and that any reports would need to be worked through "systematically".
Mrs Stewart, 62, who lived in the Wellington suburb of Northland, vanished when walking in Rimutaka Forest Park in 2005.
Mr Levy would not comment about the full name of a "person of interest" - given to police by a psychic - but said the person had not been discounted from the investigation.
No further interviews or scene examinations had been conducted since the show was filmed about seven weeks ago, he said. "It remains a mystery."
Mr Cruickshank said he was overwhelmed by the support shown by the New Zealand public and he commended police for being open-minded to psychic ability.
"It's a delicate situation for police ... They are very sceptical, but they have to be. They were quite shocked some of the time [during filming] with what we came up with."
His main goal was to help people who had gone through tragedy deal with the situation - and in Mrs Stewart's case, to bring her home to her family.
"The show's called Sensing Murder, not 'solving murder' - and that's what we did, we sensed murder."
- The Dominion Post