New lead in Rae Portman case

05:44, Aug 30 2012
Rae Portman
MISSING: Rae "Bok" Portman

Police hunting for missing woman Rae Portman say new information has come to light that she was seen in Waihi and Tauranga in June - the month before she disappeared.

Counties Manukau Police today tweeted a message saying that police had received the information via a phone hotline set up for members of the public.
Portman, 33, nicknamed "Bok", was reported missing to police on July 2, almost two weeks after she disappeared - and police admit they fear for her safety.

Earlier this month police arrested a 30-year-old woman from Manurewa and charged her with assaulting Portman.

Detective Inspector Mark Gutry said the arrest is not directly related to Portman's disappearance.

Portman, who was unemployed at the time of her disappearance, drove from Hamilton to Auckland on June 20 and checked into a Mt Albert motel.

She then moved around Auckland visiting friends and returned to the motel that evening, but failed to check out the next day and left personal belongings in the room.

Leila Wang, an employee at the motel, confirmed Portman had stayed there in June and when she had not checked out of her room staff put her belongings in a bag and cleaned the room as normal.

She said the items were mostly clothes and there was nothing to raise suspicions of foul play being involved.

Police have not been able to find Portman's cell phone or bankcards and they have not been used or accessed since her disappearance.

The vehicle Portman drove to Auckland, a silver coloured VW Passat, has been recovered and examined.

Her passport had not been used either.

Anyone with information can call the police investigation team on 0800 723 767 (0800 RaePortman) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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