The body of Nelson woman Ann Sheridan, who had been missing since Monday, has been found in bush near the city.
The Nelson Mail reports that police have formally identified the body and have advised her family. It says she had just been appointed to a senior post with the Department of Conservation national office in Wellington.
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News from NZ Police – September 28
Police and search and rescue volunteers will this afternoon start a systematic search of all properties within about 300 metres of missing Nelson woman Ann Sheridan’s Mount Street home.
All residents in the Mount Street area, including Konini Street, Renwick Place, Locking Street and surrounds can expect searchers to visit them. Searchers will either be uniformed Police or Land SAR volunteers who will be wearing easily identifiable search and rescue clothing. They will identify themselves to residents and ask to look around the property for any clues to Miss Sheridan’s disappearance. Searchers will not be asking to enter houses.
The search will begin this afternoon in Mount Street. It will cease around 5pm and resume again tomorrow morning from 8am. Police are asking all Nelson residents to take the time to look around their properties for anything that might be of relevance to the investigation.
Police are particularly interested in locating a small day pack that belongs to Miss Sheridan, which is unaccounted for. Police have information that it may be coloured red, however that has not been confirmed so we would be interested in any sightings of a small backpack.
News from NZ Police – September 27
A large team of volunteers and Police have spent today searching areas near Nelson City for missing woman Ann Sheridan. Teams have grid searched the area around Wakapuaka Cemetery and the hills to the Centre of New Zealand. They have also searched the areas around Miyazu Park and Whakatu Marae. The search areas were identified after extensive interviews with friends and family.
About a dozen Police and 32 volunteers were this afternoon joined by a specialist search dog. So far the searchers have not discovered anything to indicate Miss Sheridan has been in those areas.
The search will continue tomorrow in the Grampians and Maitai River areas, which were also indicated by friends as areas of significance to Miss Sheridan.
Police are still appealing to the public for sightings of Miss Sheridan from Saturday. Senior Sergeant Grant Andrews said Police were still hopeful of finding Miss Sheridan, however he said there were grave concerns for her welfare.