The human remains are those of missing woman Cissy Chen. Photo / Richard Robinson
Police have confirmed that human remains found in a drain at
a North Shore park are those of missing woman Cissy Chen.
The 44-year-old had been missing since November 2012.
Police believe she was murdered and previously said they
believed her body may have been 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 at lunchtime last Monday.
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 night.
An extensive search of the surrounding drains by a specialist
police team resulted in other parts of the skeleton being
Detective Inspector Bruce Scott said last night that forensic
examination resulted in the positive identification of Ms
No arrest had been made and the investigation was ongoing.
Mr Scott said the discovery of Ms Chen's body was a
significant breakthrough in the investigation.
"The area that Cissy's body has been found in was well-known
to both Cissy and her partner. They lived nearby and used to
walk regularly around the neighbourhood," he said.
"We're now working through the information gathered from last
week's scene examination, and an area canvas of residents in
the neighbourhood is also underway.
"Anyone who lived in the Totaravale Reserve area in November
2012 who has since moved is asked to get in touch with us."
Mr Scott said police had spoken with Ms Chen's family and
whilst they were understandably upset, they were pleased that
her body has now been found.
A blessing of the site where the remains were found will be
performed by a local Kaumatua tomorrow morning.
Last year Mr Scott told the Herald that police 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."
She 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 again.
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