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Jamie still missing after four months - police continue to make enquiries

Jamie Kaiwai's family are continuing to do everything they can to get to the bottom of her disappearance.

The 27-year-old doting mum to a five-year-old son was last seen in her car at the Tolaga Bay Wharf carpark on Friday, October 11.

Four months since her disappearance from the wharf carpark, her family still have many questions.

One thing they know for sure is she did not “vanish into thin air”.

Jamie's cousin Jonique Oli-Alainu'uese has tracked her last movements through the location app on her phone.

A specific road in Tolaga Bay she visited in the weeks before her disappearance stands out to Jonique.

She said the road was not a place they had ever gone to as a family.

“We don't even know the people in that area and that was not normal behaviour for her.

“I was able to see where she travelled on what day, at what time and what time she got home. I passed that information on to police.

“The last thing I heard from police was they did look into the addresses but did not think anything was suspicious.”

Her family are adamant foul play was involved in Jamie's disappearance.

“People have wondered if we just can't accept that it was suicide. But that's not the case at all.

“We would accept suicide if there was adequate reason to believe that.

“But her car was at Tolaga Bay Wharf on the Friday, not there on the Saturday, then there again on the Sunday. She can't have just vanished into thin air”

Taking her own life would be totally “out of character”.

Jonique said Jamie had a five-year-son who she loved dearly and she had plans for the future.

“This whole situation is really sad and it doesn't get easier as it goes on.

“People say we have to let go but the problem is there are too many questions.

“I do feel like it has been at a standstill but I cannot force police to do anything and have to respect they are the law,

“I've given them all that I have, all that I can find.”

Area Commander Tairawhti Inspector Sam Aberahama says police have continued to make inquiries into Jamie's disappearance.

“The investigation has been handled by dedicated investigators from the Criminal Investigation Branch and a three-month review of the case has now been completed, as is standard practice in missing persons cases.

“Throughout our investigation into Ms Kaiwai's disappearance police have spoken to a number of her relatives and close friends to establish her movements and other relevant details before she went missing.

“Police are aware of the commentary surrounding her disappearance.

“Unfortunately some of the information that's being circulated is inconsistent with the facts gathered through our investigation.

“Police are always willing to hear from anyone who has any information that may assist us in following credible lines of inquiry.

“If you have any information, please contact police on 105, quoting job number 191014/3116.”

JAMIE KAIWAI: The 27-year-old mother of a five-year-old boy has been missing since October 11. She was last seen at the Tolaga Bay Wharf carpark.

  1. Toni Spark says:

    It is sad, the information given from a matakite is information that should be followed up. The pain of losing someone so dear is so beyond words that it cannot be explained. It’s a sadness that you can’t let go – especially in the way she has gone. I for one will keep looking for answers. My heart goes out to the families that are suffering 💔😪😪😪

    1. Riana, Palmerston North says:

      I would advise people to contact someone like Sue Nicholson from the TV programme SENSING MURDER… Sorry, it’s my way of helping . . . ❣❣❣😥😥

  2. Violet, Taupo says:

    Tolaga Bay is far too small to have no answers. Some grotty people will know 🙁

  3. Annette Houkamau says:

    Blessings to the whanau. Yeah I reckon get ole Sue or Kevin in to give it a go – I’m sure they’ll be able to help in a big way. I’m just saying anything is worth a go, I think. The whanau needs answers and closure. Kia kaha whanau, you’re doing an amazing job.

  4. Georgina Taniwha, Christchurch says:

    Go see Sensing Murder, they’re good at finding facts. At least you will get some, if not all, the answers.