Search continues for missing woman

Last updated 13:09 20/06/2013

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Northland police are continuing their search for a Rawene woman who has been missing for 12 days.

Barbara Ann Moka, 32, was last seen on Sunday, June 9, when she attended a tangi at Te Piti Marae in the Far North settlement of Omanaia.

Police said today that Moka crashed her car in the early hours of the morning, only about 200 metres from the marae, and suggest she may have returned there.

They said Moka had a history of leaving the area to spend time with friends and family in Auckland, but there had been no activity on her bank account, phone or Facebook account since her disappearance.

Tangi attendees travelled from as far as Wellington and police had not yet identified all those who attended.

Detective Senior Sergeant Rhys Johnston said police were keeping an open mind in the inquiry.

"Our number one priority is to locate Barbara. Her family have become increasingly worried about her. It has been close to two weeks now.

"We are trying to identify everyone that attended the tangi and may have still been there after midnight on Saturday.

‘‘We are endeavouring to track those people down, but it will assist us greatly if they can make contact with us."

Moka is 1.5m tall of slim build with black shoulder length hair that is normally tied up in a pony tail. She has two tattoos on her neck - one is a Japanese symbol, the other an Aquarius star sign.

Anyone with relevant information can contact the Kaikohe Police on 09 4052960 or CrimeStoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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