Ka­t­rina Jef­feries’ death is among a num­ber of Auck­land cold cases po­lice are deal­ing with. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about any of th­ese cases should con­tact po­lice on 302 6400 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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Claire Hills, 1998 Claire Hills was tied up and burnt to death in her car on Man­gere Moun­tain on April 28, 1998.

Po­lice be­lieve she was ab­ducted early that morn­ing while she was on her way from her Herne Bay home to work at the Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Air­port McDon­ald’s.

The 30-year-old was alive when she was doused in petrol and set alight in her car.

Po­lice ini­tially be­lieved rapist Wil­liam Mokaraka was re­spon­si­ble for her death and shelved the case for nearly 10 years in the hope he would one day con­fess.

In 2007 DNA tests ruled him out and the case was re­opened.

Ms Hills had a che­quered past. At 15 she left Aus­tralia with a boyfriend to come to New Zealand and be­gan us­ing the name Lisa.

At the time of her death she had re­nounced her re­li­gion, sep­a­rated from her hus­band Peter Hills and was liv­ing on her own. Jane Fur­long, 1993 Jane Fur­long’s skele­tal re­mains were found buried in sand dunes at Sun­set Beach, Port Waikato, last year.

She had not been seen since she went miss­ing in May, 1993.

This month foren­sic teams again searched the area around Miss Fur­long’s for­mer flat in Here­taunga Ave, One­hunga.

Auck­land po­lice De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Mark Bene­field says some items were found that might ad­vance the in­ves­ti­ga­tion but they needed to be fully foren­si­cally tested.

Po­lice are now ask­ing for sight­ings of a dis­tinc­tively shaped, light-coloured, Mor­ris van they be­lieve was con­nected to the Karanga­hape Rd and Port Waikato ar­eas when Miss Fur­long went miss­ing.

A $50,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion about those re­spon­si­ble for Miss Fur­long’s death is avail­able un­til Septem­ber.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the Mor­ris van or Miss Fur­long’s death is en­cour­aged to con­tact the po­lice on 0800 675 263.

Jane Fur­long

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