The scene on Salisbury Road. Photo: NZ Herald/Brendan
A major police investigation is under way in Auckland for
missing mother-of-two Blesilda Gotingco, known as Blessie.
Mrs Gotingco, 56, works at Tower Insurance Ltd in Auckland's
Fanshawe St and spoke to her adult son at 6.21pm yesterday to
say she was leaving work about 7pm and would catch a bus
Her son then went to work.
Mrs Gotingco's adult daughter, who works late shifts, arrived
home about 3.15am and noticed her mother was not home as
expected. She contacted her two brothers and they notified
police about their concerns about 3.30am.
Detective Senior Sergeant Stan Brown today said police had
serious concerns for Mrs Gotingco.
He said her daughter tracked Mrs Gotingco's mobile phone via
its inbuilt locater system, and found it was polling a short
distance from their home on Salisbury Rd, Birkdale.
She went along the road where she found it, along with some
more of her mother's personal items, and immediately notified
police about 5.40am.
Mr Brown said the circumstances of Mrs Gotingco's
disappearance and the location of some of her belongings give
rise to serious concerns for her safety.
"Since early this morning, staff had been in Salisbury [Road]
and the surrounding area searching for clues as to why
Blessie never made it home last night," he said.
"Our inquiries with Birkenhead Transport, the bus company she
would have used if she actually caught the bus, are
continuing and we hope to have confirmation of her journey
later this afternoon. Her phone and other items were found on
the roadside about 400 metres away from what is most likely
to have been her bus stop on Birkdale Rd."
Mr Brown said he wanted to hear from passengers who travelled
on those buses -- either a number 973 or a 974 bus -- last
night, at any point along its route from Fanshawe St to
"We obviously want to hear of any sightings of Blessie since
7pm last evening. She is of medium to slim build, about 5'3"
tall and has dark shoulder-length hair. She was last seen
wearing a white top and and light coloured trousers."
Anyone with information about Blesilda Gotingco should call
Waitemata CIB on 09 213 7890 [must dial the 09].
Anonymous information can go to Crimestoppers on 0800 555