The grieving husband and children of North Shore mum
Blessie Gotingco have thanked the public and media for helping
find her body and assisting the police investigation.
Speaking from their Birkdale home, where friends have been
calling to pay their respects throughout the day, Antonio
Gotingco said the publicity around his wife's disappearance
had helped "in trying to track down the perpetrator and
trying to solve the case".
His son, Vincent, agreed: "We're thankful to the media for
getting the story out.''
Antonio spoke to APNZ with Vincent and daughter Bea at his
"Personally, on behalf of my family I would like to thank all
the media people in New Zealand for all the concern, the
sympathies and all the publication that my wife has
received.'' he said.
"My wife is a very private person and overnight she became a
sensation, and I don't think she's going to like it, but I'm
sure she's happy ... it really helped the case.''
People from all over the country had paid tribute to Blessie
on social media sites, he said.
Most did not know his wife or the family personally, but they
were grateful for the sympathy and offers of support they had
received, he said.
Neighbours and people from the community had left messages in
their letterbox offering help - from making dinners to mowing
the lawn, the family said.
The man accused of killing Auckland woman Blessie Gotingco
appeared in court this morning before Judge Philippa
He was arrested just after the 56-year-old mother-of-three's
body was found yesterday in an area of bush at the
Birkenhead-Glenfield cemetery on Eskdale Rd.
The judge granted him name and image suppression, saying a
fair trial could be jeopardised otherwise.
The accused did not apply for bail and he was remanded in
custody to reappear in the High Court on June 18.