Disappearance 'too much to bear'

Last updated 14:04 17/11/2012

The brothers of missing Torbay woman Bin "Cissy" Chen make a plea for assistance in the search for their sister.

Police search Long Bay subdivision
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Police teams search a new subdivision in Long Bay for missing woman "Cissy" Chen.
MISSING: Bin "Cissy" Chen.

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The two brothers of a missing Auckland woman Cissy Chen, now suspected by police to be dead, are desperate to find her.

Arriving in Auckland on Tuesday, 48-year-old Philip and 40-year-old Peter Chen flew to New Zealand from China as soon as they knew of their sister's disappearance.

Cissy, a 44-year-old accountant, went missing on Guy Fawkes, November 5, when she reportedly went for a walk from her Torbay home.

She has not been seen since, which lead police to upgrade the search to a homicide enquiry yesterday.

"We've had no sightings, or pieces of information about Cissy - that's why we've upgraded the status. But we're keeping an open mind," said Bruce Scott, the policeman in charge of the search.

Philip Chen, the eldest brother of the Chen family, said he spoke to Cissy only two days before she went missing.

Speaking through an interpreter this morning at the North Shore Police Centre, he said he would prefer not to say how she was doing at the time of his conversation with her.

"We are desperate to find where Cissy is, or what happened to her, whether she is dead or alive," he said.

"It's in our Chinese culture to have the person, dead or alive, to be home for piece of mind ... Otherwise we will never feel this is the end of one's life."

He said in the past he has travelled to New Zealand in awe of the country's beauty - but this time around he comes with a "heavy mood and anxiety" to find his sister.

"We are very depressed. She was in the prime time to enjoy her life - this is really too much to accept," he said.

"It's so unexpected because she is so lovely, hardworking, and frugal. This is too much to bear."

Chen also declined to comment about Cissy's de facto partner, so he would not compromise the investigation.

Chen said Cissy had been in New Zealand for 22 years, after moving to New Zealand as an international student.

"She thought New Zealand was such a beautiful country she wanted to stay."

The three siblings were very close all through childhood, after their mother died in 1974.

Though most of Chen's family knows of her disappearance, Chen said their 77-year-old father still does not know.

"The only person who doesn't know about this matter is my father. All the other family members knew that we came over. It is a big blow to us, and we are very desperate." 

Chen said if anyone has any information about Cissy's disappearance, to please come forward.

He said they would be in the country until the beginning of December, but would come back if necessary.

A police spokesperson said an investigation at Long Bay beach will carry on throughout the day.

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