Search finds no trace of missing woman

22:18, May 27 2014
Renee Lisa Barrett
MISSING: Renee Lisa Barrett

The search for missing Queenstown woman Renee Lisa Barrett has been scaled down, but the police specialist dive squad is on stand-by to search Lake Wakatipu's Frankton Arm if no other leads arise.

A helicopter and foot search failed to find any trace of the 42-year-old who has been missing since last week.

Barrett's car was found in Kelvin Heights on Friday, unlocked and with the keys in it. Temperatures plummeted to well below freezing on Sunday.

Yesterday properties in Kelvin Heights had yards, garages and out-buildings checked, and the helicopter searched the shores of Lake Wakatipu inside the Frankton Arm and the Southern side of the Kelvin Peninsula. Searchers on foot checked the walking track from Kelvin Heights to Jacks Point.

Senior constable Julian Cahill said Queenstown's head of police Senior Sergeant John Fookes had spoken to the specialist Wellington-based dive squad about utilising the team for a search of the Frankton Arm if required.

''Once we've exhausted all other options the dive squad may search the Frankton Arm, which is around 30 metres deep. Because Lake Wakatipu drops off to huge depths so quickly, they would only be able to search the very edges of anything outside the arm.''  


The Southland Times