old case

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

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

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