Body of miss­ing Auck­lan­der found in for­est near beach

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A body found near Muri­wai Beach north­west of Auck­land has been brought out, es­corted by friends and fam­ily of miss­ing woman Carissa Avi­son.

At least 20 peo­ple walked side by side to­gether as a stretcher was car­ried down a track and then loaded into the back of a ve­hi­cle.

They gath­ered be­hind it and watched as po­lice es­corted it back down Muri­wai Rd to­ward State High­way 16.

A man, be­lieved to be Avi­son’s brother, was hold­ing flow­ers.

Po­lice opened up ac­cess to the beach yes­ter­day af­ter ear­lier block­ing ac­cess to both the beach and horse tracks near the beach.

The body had been found by a mem­ber of the pub­lic on Wed­nes­day night.

The 21-year-old Auck­land woman went miss­ing in the area on Jan­uary 26.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day about 10 peo­ple were seen at a car park at the north end of Muri­wai hug­ging un­der um­brel­las, with many vis­i­bly up­set.

Search-and-res­cue teams, as well as fam­ily and friends, had scoured the Wood­hill For­est and Muri­wai area north­west of Auck­land look­ing for Avi­son.

Avi­son’s mother had re­port­edly been camp­ing out in the for­est, con­tin­u­ing to search for her miss­ing daugh­ter.

The Muri­wai com­mu­nity had ral­lied around her, of­fer­ing sup­port and sup­plies, and were help­ing with the search.

Her brother Tyler Avi­son said she was a reg­u­lar at Muri­wai Beach. He de­scribed his sis­ter as quiet and in­de­pen­dent, but de­ter­mined and very clever.

Avi­son’s last known move­ments were on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 26, when she was driven from Holder Place to Coast Rd in Muri­wai where she ar­rived about 11am.

She left her home on Dock­side Ln in Auck­land cen­tral about 8.30am that day, ap­par­ently head­ing to work in Auck­land city.

Po­lice called off the search for Avi­son a week later.

Peo­ple in­volved in the search took to so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day morn­ing to say she had been found overnight.

Wood­hill For­est is about 12,500 hectares in size, and is owned by iwi Ngati Whatua o Kaipara.

Auck­land Coun­cil con­trols an area called Five Mile Strip, which ad­joins Wood­hill For­est, a re­gional park.

Carissa Avi­son, whose body has been dis­cov­ered, went miss­ing on Jan­uary 26.

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