News from NZ Police
Kapiti-Mana Police have completed a formal identification process of the body found in the Pauatahanui Inlet yesterday evening. Police confirm that it was Julie Ann Springer who was the focus of a search operation since her car was found in Grays Road, Plimmerton, early on Monday morning.
The matter is being referred to the Coroner who will determine the cause of death.
Police thank the public for their assistance over the course of the search
News from NZ Police – August 13
Kapiti-Mana Police were advised at around 5.30 this evening that the body of a woman had been seen by a member of the public near Duck Creek in the Pauatahanui Inlet. Police have recovered the body and will now begin a formal identification process and undertake a post-mortem examination. The results of the post-mortem examination may take several days.
Earlier News from NZ Police
Kapiti-Mana Police are continuing the second day of a search in the hopes of finding any signs of the missing 53-year-old woman Julia Springer. The search team of 12 has concentrated their search on the area around the coastal track around Pauatahanui Inlet today.
Her Blue Nissan Pulsar hatchback vehicle was located on Grays Road, Plimmerton near the entrance to the Pauatahanui Inlet at 2.30am yesterday morning and was still warm.
Ms Springer is described of medium build with brown shoulder length hair. At the time she was last seen on 11 August, she was wearing a, black puffer jacket, charcoal knitted cardigan, charcoal shirt, blue jeans, black boots and burgundy pink prescription glasses.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam says “Today our search efforts have focussed on the area surrounding her vehicle. The search has not revealed any items that would lead us to believe, at this stage, that her death is suspicious or an obvious sign she has left the area.
“There is a possibility she may have made her way into the water so we will be using the National Dive Squad to search the Inlet tomorrow.
“Around the inlet are several private boat houses, I would encourage anyone who owns one of these to check them for any damage or objects that look out of place and to contact Police straight away if they find anything.”
News from NZ Police – August 12
Kapiti-Mana Police are actively attempting to locate and make contact with Julie Ann Springer, a 53 year old local woman, as they hold fears for her physical and mental wellbeing.
Her Blue Nissan Pulsar hatchback vehicle was located on Grays Road, Plimmerton near the entrance to the Pauatahanui Inlet early this morning.
It is believed that she left her vehicle and walked along a coastal track that borders the Pahananui Inlet and leads back on to Mana Esplanade, Paremata.
Ms Springer is European of medium build with brown shoulder length hair.
She was last seen in Upper Hutt at 4.30pm last evening. At the time she was wearing a black beanie, black puffer jacket, charcoal knitted cardigan, charcoal shirt, blue jeans, black boots and burgundy pink prescription glasses.
Anyone with the knowledge of the whereabouts of Julie Ann Springer or who may have seen a woman fitting her description around the Plimmerton or Paremata areas are asked to contact Porirua Police on (04) 238 1400.