Missing woman's car linked to homicide

ASHLEIGH STEWART AND BLAIR ENSOR
Last updated 05:00 31/03/2014
Woolston New World
KIRK HARGREAVES/Fairfax NZ

FORENSIC TEAM: Police at the scene in the Woolston New World carpark.

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Police have launched a homicide investigation after a missing woman's car was found parked outside a Christchurch supermarket.

The Woolston New World in St Johns Rd was shut down late yesterday afternoon as forensic teams examined a white Toyota Corolla in the supermarket car park.

The car belongs to a young Christchurch woman last heard from on Saturday morning.

The missing woman is a former Lincoln High School student who lists her occupation online as a community support worker.

Pleas for information on her whereabouts had been circulating on social media.

"We just want our girl home safe," a close friend wrote yesterday, before the car was found.

"Me and her friends and family are very, very worried."

The supermarket was in lockdown as police and forensic teams combed the area. The store was shut and staff members were held inside for over an hour before being sent home early.

Officers obscured the car with a tarpaulin as they opened the boot, before it was towed away. A decorative pink stiletto hung from the car's rear vision mirror.

A 49-year old resident, who did not want to be named, said he had seen police opening the boot and taking photographs.

"They opened it, a photographer took a couple of photos and they shut the boot."

A police officer told residents hanging over neighbouring fences trying to catch a glimpse of the scene that "quite a serious thing has happened here, show a little bit of respect".

Concerned parents arrived to pick up their children working at the supermarket but were turned away.

A New World staff member said no-one knew what was going on.

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- Fairfax Media

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