Search at Piha for missing woman who left car unlocked in Mercer Bay area

News from NZ Police
Police Search and Rescue teams have suspended the land search for the woman missing at Mercer Bay, Piha. Surf club patrols are still searching the coastline while daylight lasts. Extensive land and air searches from early this morning failed to locate any sign of the woman.

Members of the woman’s family have been with police during the day.

Police are still interested in speaking to the two people who reported seeing the woman leaving her car just after 7.00p.m. last night.

The Search coordinator, Sergeant Dene Duthie says that search teams remain available in case further information comes to hand but at this stage it seem likely that the woman has somehow ended up in the water. There will be no further releases tonight unless the woman is found.

Earlier News from NZ Police
Police and Land Search and Rescue team as well as Surf Life Saving teams and the Westpac helicopter are searching the Piha area for a woman who left her vehicle parked and unlocked in the Mercer Bay area sometime last night.

The Police are appealing to a couple who might have seen the missing woman at approximately 7.15pm walking down the Mercer Bay loop track, to urgently contact the Police.

The couple reported their concern last night to a local resident who in turn notified the Police.