Police are hopeful the discovery of human bones in a North
Shore reserve could solve the murder of Auckland woman Cissy
Ms Chen, 44, has been missing since November 2012 when she
left her Torbay home. Police believe she has been murdered
and have previously said they believe her body may be buried
in a green area, a park, reserve or waterway near her home.
A contractor mowing the lawns made the grisly discovery at
the Totaravale Reserve about 12.30pm. Officers from the North
Shore CIB secured the scene while a pathologist confirmed the
bones were human.
A police source yesterday told the Herald pieces of clothing
were found alongside the bones - and based on that clothing
it was thought the remains belonged to a female. An autopsy
will be held in Auckland this morning in which police hope to
confirm the gender.
The source said the remains, a ribcage and skull, appeared to
have washed up in the drain from a nearby stream rather than
being dumped there directly. The bones were to be removed
Last year Detective Inspector Bruce Scott told the Herald
they believed Ms Chen was killed at or near her property.
Despite an extensive search, which included parks, waterways
and building sites, no trace of Ms Chen was found.
"That led us to believe that she hadn't been out walking.
Nobody had seen her. It was a night that lots of people were
out and about, but no one saw her that night."
Cissy Chen was last seen leaving the accountancy firm where
she worked on November 5, 2012. She drove to her home in
Torbay on Auckland's North Shore, went inside and wasn't seen
Her partner, Yun Liu, known as Jack, reported her missing at
9.30 that night, saying she had left the house to go walking
at 5.30pm and had not returned.
He usually walked with her, but told police he had injured
his leg so had stayed home.
- Anna Leask of the NZ Herald