Police are looking for information on the bag found the day Breanna Muriwai disappeared
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Breanna Muriwai has been missing for over five weeks.
Police are appealing for information about a purple bag found on the same day Wellington woman Breanna Muriwai went missing nearly seven weeks ago.
The 22-year-old was last seen in the early hours of August 28 on Te Horo beach, north of Wellington.
Police have been searching for her since then with another objective of the investigation to establish the circumstances of what led Muriwai to be at Te Horo Beach, Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson said.
Members of her family had dropped her off at Paraparaumu station two days before she disappeared.
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Her mother, Jasmin Gray, described the following weeks as “hell” and that each day had been “crushing” for the family. “Every day that Breanna is missing feels like an eternity,” she said.
Last week, police said Muriwai’s phone was found on Te Horo beach. He was being examined by the high-tech crime group.
Police were now requesting information about a purple and pink bag, found on Te Horo beach near the Sea Rd beach access on the morning of Muriwai’s disappearance.
“We believe this bag is important to the investigation,” Thompson said.
Police confirmed they did not have the bag at any time, but it was reported to have been seen on the day Muriwai disappeared.
However, it had been removed from the area by mid-afternoon the same day and police want anyone who saw the bag on the beach, or seen it being picked up, to contact them.
“We are also appealing to anyone who may have information on his current location,” he said.
“The investigation team believes her recovery will help to understand the circumstances of Breanna’s disappearance.”
Thompson thanked those who showed up with items they had located to see if they were related to the investigation. He urged the public to continue to notify police of items found on Te Horo beach that may be linked to Muriwai.
“We are still asking anyone walking along the coast between Te Horo and Peka Peka to be vigilant for property that may belong to Breanna.
“This also applies to anyone boating or fishing in this area. This includes any property that may come from a handbag or an item of clothing.
Police were still treating this as a missing persons investigation and had a number of ongoing investigations, Thompson said.
Gray described her daughter as “an outgoing, fun loving, incredibly funny and humorous young woman” and it was out of order for her not to be in touch with her family.
“No matter what time or where she was, if she ever got stuck somewhere, she would always reach out.”
Muriwai was in her first year of nursing classes and “thriving so well,” Gray said.
“My children [Breanna’s siblings] have already experienced a massive loss of losing their father and it reopened their traumatic wounds.
- Anyone with information should contact police on 105 and quote case number 220829/5320.