Inaction vexes woman's family

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 11/02/2014
Graeme Nickson, Doreen Meggitt
ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ
COME HOME: Waitara’s Graeme Nickson is seeking some closure after his sister Doreen Meggitt went missing 30 years ago.

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The family of a missing Waitara woman feel they are being kept in the dark about the police investigation and have turned to Labour MP Andrew Little for help.

Doreen Gayle Meggitt has not been seen since August 1983 and is still classified by police as a missing person. In September family members spoke to the Taranaki Daily News about the 30-year-old case in the hope the mystery might be solved.

But Doreen's nephew Daryll Nickson said he had found the lack of police follow-up "really, really frustrating".

"Five months down the track and there's been absolutely jack," Nickson said.

People he thought police were going to speak to had yet to be contacted. Nickson said he had spoken to Little about Doreen's disappearance in the hope some higher-level inquiries would be made on the family's behalf.

Yesterday, Little confirmed he had been approached by Nickson. "I've certainly undertaken to help him in any way I can," he said.

Little said he intended to send a letter to police this week to request a meeting about the case.

Detective Sergeant Debbie Gower, of New Plymouth CIB, said she had no comment to make when the Taranaki Daily News contacted her yesterday to discuss the case.

Detective Inspector Keith Borrell also declined to comment.

Doreen's brother, Graeme Nickson, said he also had not been contacted by police since September.

He said he tried to make an appointment to see Mrs Gower last week to find out what was happening with the investigation but was unable to get through to her on the police phone system.

"In the end I got frustrated and hung up," the Waitara man said.

Another at the end of his tether is Doreen's son, Lyell Meggitt, who lives in Auckland.

Despite being told by Gower in November that he would be provided with monthly updates about the case, this had not happened, he said.

"I've had enough."

He said he believed there was a person out there responsible for what happened to his mother and was disappointed police had not done more.

"They just don't give us any information at all," he said.

Meggitt said if police were not investigating the case, it should be closed so the family could move on.

Meggitt said he had also changed his mind about having a service for his mother in Waitara in October.

He said he now intended to have a ceremony in Auckland instead.

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