Furlong case focuses on jacket

ROB KIDD
Last updated 16:52 29/07/2013
Jane Furlong
JANE FURLONG: The Auckland teenager went missing in 1993 and her remains were found at a Port Waikato beach.
Jane furlong jacket
CLOTHING: The jacket relating to the Jane Furlong case.

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Police investigating the death of Jane Furlong want to know more about a distinctive tasselled leather jacket she owned about the time of her disappearance.

The request for information comes just weeks after police dug up an area near Furlong's former residence she shared with boyfriend Danny Northsworthy before she went missing in 1993.

They also asked for sightings of a Morris van which the investigating team believed was connected to the Karangahape Rd and Port Waikato area, where the body of the prostitute was found.

"Jane purchased the jacket from a shop in Onehunga shortly before her disappearance and it was an item of clothing that she was commonly seen in," Detective Inspector Mark Benefield said.

"The jacket is a patchwork of leather panels, each panel has varying shades of brown or tan. There are tassels on each arm and the jacket may have had tassels on the back," he said.

"The leather jacket was reasonably distinctive. It wasn't with Jane when her body was discovered last year at Port Waikato."

"In 1993 these were popular items that were passed around and traded, and we appeal to anyone who may know where this jacket is, or has information about what happened to the jacket, to come forward and speak with the inquiry team."

Furlong's skeletal remains were found buried in sand dunes at Sunset Beach, Port Waikato, more than a year ago.

A $50,000 reward for information about those responsible for Furlong's death is on offer until September.

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