Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough

Strong leads in Jessica Boyce case

- JENNIFER EDER

Investigat­ors say they know who was involved in the disappeara­nce of Marlboroug­h woman Jessica Boyce, and are waiting on forensic electronic evidence as the two-year anniversar­y of her disappeara­nce approaches.

Boyce was last seen on March 19, 2019 near Renwick, Marlboroug­h, in a red ute found three days later in the Mount Richmond Forest Park.

Extensive searches of the park were unsuccessf­ul.

The investigat­ion became a homicide case in October 2019, and police said they believed the red ute had been left at the park to deliberate­ly mislead them.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ciaran Sloan said on Wednesday the case was still very much active two years on, and the investigat­ion team was currently interviewi­ng both suspects and witnesses.

‘‘The investigat­ion team know they are interviewi­ng the right people,’’ Sloan said.

‘‘A few persons of interest still need to be spoken to, and plans are in place to do so soon.’’

Members of the investigat­ing team had travelled from Northland to Canterbury to interview witnesses and people of interest. Most of them lived in Marlboroug­h two years ago, but for various reasons had left the region, Sloan said.

Investigat­ors had also made several enquiries overseas to obtain forensic electronic evidence, Sloan said.

The team was waiting on some final results from those enquiries, he said.

‘‘While the second year mark of the investigat­ion looms progress is still being made.

‘‘As with all homicide investigat­ions in New Zealand the case remains open and under active investigat­ion.’’

The team were also regularly in contact with Boyce’s family, keeping them up-to-date with any progress, Sloan said.

 ??  ?? Marlboroug­h woman Jessica Boyce went missing in March 2019. Police are still investigat­ing, nearly two years on.
Marlboroug­h woman Jessica Boyce went missing in March 2019. Police are still investigat­ing, nearly two years on.

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