Dunedin police have re-opened a cold case involving the
disappearance of a Dunedin woman, saying they now suspect
Mother-of-three Tuitania (Tui) Marama Barclay was last seen
in Dunedin in October 2002.
She was reported missing by her
ex-partner in February 2003 but police investigations turned
Investigation head Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis
said today police reviewed the case last year and now
believe Tuitania, who was 29 at the time she went
missing, may have been the victim of foul play.
The decision to re-investigate was based on a further
"careful re-evaluation and piecing together" of the existing
Police recently searched two addresses in Dunedin where
Tuitania lived for any clues as to her disappearance.
The police dive squad has also helped in the case, diving at
Ross Creek in mid-April, a place Tuitania is known to have
Police say they are following a number of leads they cannot
publicly reveal at the moment.
"We are however keen to hear from anybody who might have
information that might assist us with this inquiry."
Tuitania was also known as Tuitania McIntosh, Tuitania Brown
and Sandra Williams. She was Caucasian, of petite build and
about 157-160cm (5ft 2") in height, with dyed dark brown hair
at the time of her disappearance, although her hair was more
Police say she had a past history of drug-taking and
prostitution but prior to her disappearance had been leading
a life not involving drugs or prostitution.
Her most recent address was in Wakari Road, Dunedin, where
she was renting a house with her then partner.
The couple had two children together and she also had another
child from a previous relationship.
Although around September 2002 Tuitania had indicated that
she was going to leave the relationship, she appeared to be
focused on caring and raising her three children.
"This appeared to be a woman who had been off the rails a bit
in the past but had now turned her life around and showed all
the signs of a caring mother who would not leave her three
children," Detective Senior Sergeant Malcolm Inglis
People with information could contact Detective Matt Preece
on 471-4800. Alternatively information can also be provided
anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555