WH N her uiet, shy brother disappeared 22 years ago, Betty Hehepoto always hoped he was living uietly on a farm somewhere, staying near his son.
But that hope was dashed when she saw a facial reconstruction of the man who was found dead in the Waitakere Ranges last year.
“It was just the eyes and the cheeks. I was looking at it and my heart just dropped,” she says.
“I had always hoped he was alive until I saw that reconstruction.
“It wasn’t hope any more, it was wanting to find out whether it was him or not.”
ormer Mt Roskill resident ino eger, who had attended Marcellin College, disappeared in late 1 87, aged 23.
Ms Hehepoto, who was only 14 at the time, says her brother’s partner had just moved on to another relationship and taken their son with her.
“He was going through a bad situation there. His son was his life. There was also a family uarrel that probably didn’t help matters. The last I had seen of him was around that stage.”
She recalls going with her older sister out to the farm in Pukekohe where Mr eger had been working and being told he hadn’t been there for some time.
The two girls stopped at the Pukekohe police station where her sister spoke with police and she thought a