Shoreline search for missing woman

MISSING: Renee Lisa Barrett
MISSING: Renee Lisa Barrett

The search for missing Queenstown woman Renee Bartlett has been scaled down, but the police will search Lake Wakatipu's Frankton Arm if there are no other leads.

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

Bartlett'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 yards, garages and out-buildings in Kelvin Heights were 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 Wellington-based dive squad about searching 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," he said.

"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