Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Search continues for missing German woman

Search continues for missing German woman

Police and search teams are continuing the search for German visitor Britta Kappel, who was reported missing from Christchurch on Tuesday [29 January].

Search and rescue personnel have been searching in the Bottle Lake Forest Park overnight and are continuing to sweep the area this morning.

Search coordinator Sergeant Tony Tully says around 20 staff are currently involved in the search, including police search and dog teams along with LandSAR volunteers.

The teams have been combing the forest on foot, in vehicles and on bikes. Major tracks in the forest have now been searched, Sergeant Tully says, with no sign of the missing woman to date.

The overnight search team has now been relieved, and the current personnel will remain in the area until 4pm this afternoon, at which team a fresh team will take over.

Police say they may bring in a helicopter later today to provide extra visibility over the search area, which extends from the forest through to the beach.

Police are also speaking to friends and acquaintances of the woman, and conducting background checks including examination of phone and bank records.

A flyer seeking information or sightings has been printed and is being circulated in the Bottle Lake, Burwood and nearby areas.

At this stage police say there is no indication of any suspicious circumstances in her disappearance.

Sergeant Tully says Police have concerns for her wellbeing as she is on medication, was only lightly clad and had limited food and water with her.

It is believed Ms Kappel went into the Bottle Lake forest area by bike late yesterday morning.

She is believed to have been in Christchurch for some months, and had been living in the New Brighton area. Friends of Ms Kappel have been in touch with her family in Germany.

Police are continuing to appeal for any information or sightings, particularly from people who may have been in Bottle Lake over the past 24 hours.

Britta Kappel is described as female, Caucasian, aged 30 years, 165cm (5ft 5in) tall, of slim build, with shoulder length black/brown hair and blue eyes.

She was last seen wearing black sport pants, blue sleeveless top, black running shoes and riding a black, blue and white Giant Boulder Mountain Bike.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Christchurch police on (03) 3637400.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Debut, Mockingjay, And Drunk Texting

John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score.

The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s debut as Labour leader, which has received top marks, especially among the 25% of the electorate still voting Labour. According to some reports, the Labour caucus has been ‘in seventh heaven’ about Little’s success this week in taking it to the government in the House. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel. More>>

ALSO:

Glenn Inquiry: Report Offers Solutions To Family Violence

The People’s Blueprint unveiled today by Sir Owen Glenn’s independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence outlines a new, more cohesive and effective system for reducing New Zealand’s alarmingly high family violence rates. More>>

ALSO:

Environment Commissioner: Changing Climate And Rising Seas - Understanding The Science

A rising sea will be with us for a long time to come – one way or another we will have to adapt. But how high and how fast the water rises will be influenced by the speed at which the world – including New Zealand – reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. More>>

ALSO:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news