No closure despite daughter's remains

JOHN EDENS
Last updated 16:05 11/12/2012
Hannah Timings
DISAPPEARED: This is thought to be the last photograph taken of Hannah Timings, the night before the helicopter she was travelling in with friend Campbell Montgomerie went missing in 2004.

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The British father of a woman who went missing aboard a helicopter in Fiordland says the discovery of her remains has not given him closure.

Wreckage of a Hughes 500 helicopter, which went missing in 2004 with pilot Campbell Montgomerie, 27, of Waikato, and Hannah Rose Timings, 28, of Gloucestershire, was found near the head of the Humboldt Creek last month.

The chief coroner is continuing to investigate whether to reopen an inquest for the pilot and his English passenger almost nine years after their helicopter went missing.

Timings' father, Phil, told the Gloucester Echo that he was 100 per cent sure the remains recovered from the scene were Hannah's after her credit card was found among the wreckage.

"We are totally confident that the correct helicopter has been found and they have found a credit card belonging to her. We are 100 per cent satisfied it's Hannah they have found."

He said he was in regular contact with the New Zealand police and knew what had happened in 2004, so the discovery did not make much difference.

"We had been expecting the phone call to say they had found Hannah. It could have happened now or it could have happened in 15 years. So it's the end of the waiting game. It's done,'' he said.

"It's not true that it has given us closure. That happened nine years ago. All we know now that we didn't know before is where it happened."

Timings said the family would not hold a funeral service should the New Zealand authorities release the remains.

His daughter had loved to travel and her trip to New Zealand was meant to be her last before taking over her father's furniture firm.

Montgomerie and Timings were declared dead at an inquest in 2004, but the case was referred to the office of the chief coroner, Judge Neil MacLean, when the wreckage was found.

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