Body found in Hunua believed to be missing woman

Elicia Hughes-Sutherland was last seen on Tuesday May 19.

The body of a woman has been found in Hunua.

Although the formal identification process is still underway, police believe it is the body of missing woman Elicia Hughes-Sutherland.

Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Michele Gillespie said the body was found by a member of the public near Falls Road in Hunua around 3pm yesterday.

The 25-year-old was last seen on Tuesday May 19 and teams of people have been conducting searches in the Hunua Falls, Cosseys, and Wairoa Reservoir areas.

Gillespie said police have spoken with Elicia’s family and are offering them support.

“Police are conducting further inquiries as to the circumstances,” Gillespie said.