Body of missing Aucklander found in forest near beach
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.