Court appearance in missing woman case

23:02, Nov 22 2012

A woman charged with assaulting missing Rotorua woman Michelle Hoffman-Tamm has appeared in court.

The 44-year-old woman entered no plea to the charge and was granted interim name supression when she appeared before Community Magistrate Lesley Jensen in the Rotorua District Court this morning.

She was remanded in custody to reappear on December 3. Police have indicated further charges are likely.

Ms Hoffman-Tamm was last seen in the late afternoon of November 7 when she left her home address on her bicycle.

Police said their investigation yesterday led them to a rural location close to State Highway 38 between Rotorua and Murupara. They were examining the area last night and were also to search a house in Rotorua. Ms Hoffman-Tamm's bike was found in a Rotorua suburb yesterday.

In a statement police said they wanted to hear from anyone who was in the area of Holland St between 6pm on Wednesday November 7 and Sunday November 11 - and in Victoria St between Sunday November 11 and Monday November 12.

Police are interested in the movements of a two-tone light-coloured Subaru Legacy stationwagon between November 7 and 12 which may have been seen travelling around Rotorua or between Rotorua, Whakatane and Murupara.

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