Body found in Hunua believed to be of missing woman Elicia Hughes-Sutherland


Elicia Hughes-Sutherland was last seen on May 19.

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Elicia Hughes-Sutherland was last seen on May 19.

A body has been found near Hunua and police belive it’s the body of Elicia Hughes-Sutherland who was last seen on May 19.

Acting detective senior sergeant Michele Gillespie said police are making inquiries after a female body was found by a member of the public near Falls Rd in Hunua at about 3pm on Saturday.

Hughes-Sutherland has been missing for more than two weeks, after she was last seen on May 19.

Although the formal identification process is still underway, police believe it’s the body of Hughes-Sutherland.

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Since Hughes-Sutherland went missing, LandSAR and police search and rescue have been conducting searches in the Hunua Falls, Cosseys, and Wairoa Reservoir areas.

Elicia Hughes-Sutherland had been dealing with the death of her father before she went missing.

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Elicia Hughes-Sutherland had been dealing with the death of her father before she went missing.

Police have spoken with Hughes-Sutherland’s family, and are offering them support.

Gillespie said police are conducting further inquiries but previously said Hughes-Sutherland had driven to Hunua Falls at about 2.15pm on Tuesday, May 19.

Her vehicle, a grey Mazda Demio with the registration JGJ106, was located in the car park.

In the weeks prior to Hughes-Sutherland’s disappearance she had been dealing with the death of her father and the cancellation of her wedding due to coronavirus.

Laura Pendergrast, the sister of Hughes-Sutherland’s fiancé, Benjamin Armstrong, previously told Stuff she wasn’t sure if Hughes-Sutherland frequented the Hunua area, but she had gone running there in the past and did like “getting away from stresses of life and heading into nature”.

“Her fiancé misses her so much. We all need her to be found as soon as possible.”

Where to get help

  • Lifeline (open 24/7) – 0800 543 354

  • Depression Helpline (open 24/7) – 0800 111 757

  • Healthline (open 24/7) – 0800 611 116

  • Samaritans (open 24/7) – 0800 726 666

  • Suicide Crisis Helpline (open 24/7) – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO). This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.

  • Supporting Families in Mental Illness – 0800 732 825.

For further information, contact the Mental Health Foundation’s free Resource and Information Service (09 623 4812).

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