No sign of woman missing in Waioeka Gorge
A thorough search yesterday by around 50 police, Land Search and Rescue volunteers and others in the Waioeka Gorge failed to find any sign of missing Tauranga woman Rebeka Storey.
The 29-year-old was last seen last Wednesday, and her Suzuki Swift car was found abandoned alongside State Highway 2 in the Waioeka Groge, near the Manganuku Bridge.
As of this morning she remained unaccounted for, and police and her family have serious concerns for her safety.
Search and rescue spokesman Sergeant Greg Lexmond said a search was mounted at around 9am yesterday in a specified area at the Manganuku camping ground.
That search continued until late afternoon.
“We had a total of 37 LSAR field members from Whakatane, Rotorua, Tauranga and Gisborne involved, along with other police and volunteers from the Bay of Plenty.
“Everyone made a great effort yesterday but unfortunately no sign was found of the missing woman,” Sergeant Lexmond said.
“Our thanks to the search teams.”