The sister of a missing Rotorua woman has made an emotional
plea for her "generous" and "good-hearted" sister to come
Michelle Hoffman-Tamm, 51, has been missing since November 7
when she left her home on her bike to visit a friend nearby.
Today marks two weeks since she disappeared.
At a press conference today, Detective Senior Sergeant Zane
Smith said police were following up reported sightings of Ms
Hoffman-Tamm in Glenholme and Ngongotaha, but none had yet
"To date we've had lots of interesting little bits of
information, stuff that we are following up on but as yet we
have not got any confirmed sightings of Michelle," he said.
Ms Hoffman-Tamm's sister, Jan Donlan, who was at the press
conference, said the disappearance was completely out of
"She's gone off to have a good time sometimes but never
anything like this. We've always known where she was," said
On the day she disappeared Ms Hoffman-Tamm had spent the
afternoon at her sister's house, across the road from her
Ms Hoffman-Tamm returned to the home she shares with her
partner before leaving on her red mountain bike,
saying she was going to visit a friend who lived about 1km
There have been no confirmed sightings of her since then.
Ms Donlan said the family, including her sister's two adult
children and three grandchildren, were extremely worried.
"We're all trying to cope, we just want her home that's all."
She said she was "holding on" as well as she could, but it
was hard not knowing what had happened.
"She would never be this unkind to the family," Ms Donlan
She said her sister just loved helping people.
"Anything anyone needs she's there to help, whether it be
doing people's gardens, mowing lawns, just helping people
out. She's a very generous person."
Mr Smith said Ms Hoffman-Tamm was well known and liked in the
area and was often seen out and about on her bike.
"She's known to help out people in the community . . she's
considered to be the neighbourhood watch for her street."
He said she was described as happy and in a "very good head
space" when she left home and there was no indication
anything was wrong with her health.
Mr Smith would not comment on whether she had her mobile
phone with her, but confirmed it had not been used since
November 7. He said she was not believed to have had access
to any money since that time either.
Ms Donlan said she had a message for her sister.
"Michelle, wherever you are love please come home. We miss
you, we love you and we can't cope much further than this."
- By Katie Holland of the Daily Post