Husband fears police suspect him

KIRSTY JOHNSTON AND OLIVER LI
Last updated 05:00 23/06/2013
 Jack Liu, the partner of missing North Shore accountant Cissy Chen, with a photo of his wife
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MISSING HER: Jack Liu, the partner of missing North Shore accountant Cissy Chen, with a photo of his wife.

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The husband of a missing Auckland woman believes police suspect he was involved in her disappearance, which he denies.

Jack Liu, the partner of missing North Shore accountant Cissy Chen, said that seven months on he is still waiting for police to find his partner's body, but he has no idea where it is.

Police have put pressure on Liu, searching the couple's house, and previously saying he had been assisting with the investigation.

Liu told the Sunday Star-Times through an interpreter that police had ripped up his deck and vegetable garden, searched his house and interviewed him at least five times - and he feels they are wrongly pointing the finger at him.

"I am really not sure what happened," Liu said. "The police said she was killed but they can't find the body. So what can I do? I don't know. If there is no evidence, they can't do anything to me."

Chen, 44, disappeared on November 5 last year. She was last seen leaving work about 4.30pm. Liu says that Chen went for a walk around 5.30pm, on her normal route along Long Bay beach.

He was tired after a long day's work and didn't want to go - instead doing some painting work on their Torbay home.

It wasn't until someone phoned for Chen that he suddenly realised she hadn't returned. At 8.20pm, he says, he went to find her. At 9.30pm Liu called police.

Extensive land, sea and air searches failed to find her. Although it was Guy Fawkes night and many people were outdoors, no-one has come forward to say they saw Chen, leaving police with the belief she didn't go for a walk at all and was most likely killed.

Detectives say Chen's body may be in a green area such as a park, on the North Shore. They are also seeking sightings of a white 2002 Nissan Pulsar station wagon which may hold the key to finding her.

Police would not say whether Liu was a suspect, however, the Star-Times understands the car in question is Liu's.

Detective Inspector Bruce Scott said police remained hopeful of solving the case.

"The file is still open and we are still looking for information that may assist us in finding Cissy."

Liu said he has lost faith in police, and that they don't have the resources to do a proper investigation. He was upset that when the police held a press conference about the case, they did not invite him to take part, instead asking Chen's brothers from China to speak to the media.

"I think her brothers have told police something bad about me," Liu said.

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He said he genuinely doesn't know who would want to hurt Chen. The night she disappeared, he thought it might have been some kind of extortion, or that she was with friends.

However, the couple had lived in their house only a year at the time of her disappearance, and had few acquaintances nearby.

Chen was a "straight" person, Liu said, and there were few secrets between them. They had been married eight years. "I still miss her," he said. "But my hope is wearing away."

If you have information, contact the investigation team on 0800 CISSY (0800 24779) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

- Sunday Star Times

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