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Search for missing woman called off

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/01/2017

© NZ Police The family of missing Auckland woman Pat Wearn has supported the decision of police to suspend the search for her while continuing their investigations.

Mrs Wearn, 73, hasn't been seen since leaving her Torbay home for a walk on January 16.

"The active search has been suspended, but the investigation is still very much active and being pursued by the police,' the family said in a statement on Monday.

"We support this decision."

The family said they had nothing but praise for police and Land Search and Rescue, and they also thanked the community.

"We have family in the UK and this has been a particularly difficult time for them," they said.

"We have been hugely encouraged by the community response and see this as a very positive effect of a tragic situation."

Extensive air, sea and bush searches have failed to find any trace of Mrs Wearn.

Waitemata Police acting District Commander Claire Humble said that, with medical experts advising that Mrs Wearn could not have survived for so long, police had ended search efforts but would continue to investigate.

She said a police team had already spent the past week making inquiries, following up on reported sightings of Mrs Wearn and reviewing hundreds of hours of CCTV footage.

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