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Search for Waikato woman into third month

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/10/2016
Kim Richmond © NZ Police Kim Richmond

The search for a missing Waikato woman is into its third month with police arranging to have a lake level lowered in their bid to find to her.

Kim Richmond, 42, was last seen at her Wharepapa South farm, near Te Awamutu, on July 31.

She left in a silver 2014 Ford Ranger utility with the registration number HKD553 and, in a move described as out of character, headed south.

Police say they are continuing to search areas of interest to try to locate the car.

In collaboration with Mercury Energy, they arranged for the level of Lake Arapuni to be lowered as much as possible so a further search of the lake edge could be conducted.

A police boat and helicopter, and a Waikato Regional Council vessel did a scan of scan of the perimeter without success.

Detective Senior Sergeant Patterson says the lowering of the lake follows further searches conducted last week in the Turangi area.

He says a girl picked up two bank cards belonging to Ms Richmond on the side of the road on State Highway 46 between Rangipo and State Highway 47 near Otukou.

A subsequent check resulted in a "farm card" belonging to Ms Richmond being found in the same area.

Det Sen Sgt Patterson says police want like to hear from anyone who may have seen someone throwing items out of a vehicle on SH46 over the past few weeks.

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