Police believe a missing woman whose vehicle was abandoned
last night has ended up in the water at a west Auckland
Police, a land search and rescue team, surf lifesaving teams
and the Westpac rescue helicopter spent this morning
searching the Piha area for the woman, after her car was
found unlocked in the Mercer Bay area.
Most of the searchers and the rescue helicopter had been
stood down by about 2pm today because nothing of any
significance had been found.
Surf club patrols would continue searching the coastline for
the remainder of the day, Sergeant Dene Duthie said.
"Search teams remain available in case further information
comes to hand but at this stage it seems likely that the
woman has somehow ended up in the water."
Police would like to hear from a couple who might have seen
the missing woman about 7.15pm last night (Saturday) walking
down the Mercer Bay loop track.
The couple told a local resident about their concern for the
woman, and police were called.