Rae Portman case: Body found - police
Police believe the search for missing woman Rae Portman is over, after they found a body on a rural South Auckland property.
As part of a “follow-up inquiry”, police visited a house in Ardmore on Thursday afternoon, finding personal items belonging to the 33-year-old, including clothes.
A few hundred metres from the house they found the body.
It was covered but police will not say what with, nor will they speak of the state she was in or whether any weapons had been recovered.
No-one has yet been charged with her murder.
Rae “Bok” Portman - who had methamphetamine connections - was last seen at a Mt Albert Motel on June 20.
Through cellphone records, police were able to track her progress to Papakura that evening and on to Hamilton the following day.
They believe she travelled south in a black Mazda Astina, which was followed by a yellow Holden Commodore ute.
The Mazda turned up in a Hamilton scrap yard a few days later and the ute had been found by police.
However, it was the movements of those vehicles that Detective Inspector Mark Gutry believed would provide all the answers to the case.
He said officers who initially went to the Ardmore house were not expecting to find a body and the residents had not been arrested.
It is understood there has been another arrest in connection with the case, but Mr Gutry would not be drawn on whether anyone else would be appearing in court in connection with the homicide.
A 32-year-old Hamilton man accused of kidnapping Ms Portman appeared in the Papakura District Court yesterday. He has name suppression and will return to court next month.
Ardmore resident Gill Collins, who lives metres from where the body was found, said she was shocked to think it could have been there for the last three months.
As a mum herself, Ms Collins turned her attention to Ms Portman's mother Rebecca Norton who appeared on Police Ten 7 on Thursday night pleading for information as to her daughter's whereabouts.
“It must be absolutely devastating. No mother would want to think of their daughter being thrown away like a piece of trash,” she said.
Family had not yet identified the body and a post-mortem was undertaken yesterday to determine the cause of death.
The site where the body was found was only metres from where a baby girl was found dead in a creek on Burnside Rd in July last year.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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