Physical search for woman missing near Kaikōura scales back


Melissa Ewings, 31, has been missing in the Clarence area for more than a week.

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Melissa Ewings, 31, has been missing in the Clarence area for more than a week.

As police scale back the search for a woman missing north of Kaikōura for more than a week, local concerns are mounting.

Melissa Ewings, 31, was last seen on the afternoon of September 20, after telling friends she was going for a walk at the Clarence River.

She was due at work the following day, and the alarm was raised after she failed to turn up.

Senior Sergeant Peter Payne said on Tuesday the physical search was being scaled back, but the “wider enquiry phase” was ongoing.

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“Every piece of information we receive helps us build a detailed timeline of her movements,’’ he said.

Ewings’ friends and family had serious concerns for her welfare.

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Ewings’ friends and family had serious concerns for her welfare.

Businesses around Kaikōura have been putting up posters around the town in the hope they can help bring Ewings home.

On Monday, police said the search would continue “over the coming days, weather permitting’’, but did not say how many people had been involved or how many would continue.

Ewings’ friends and family had serious concerns for her welfare, police said. She had not indicated she would be gone long.

Anyone who may have seen her in the Clarence area on Sunday is asked to call police on 105, quoting file number 200922/5064.

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