6 Oct 2009

Search for missing toddler to resume on Wednesday

10:12 pm on 6 October 2009

The search for a missing toddler in West Auckland is due to resume on Wednesday morning.

Asiling Symes was with her parents at a property in Longburn Road in Henderson, when she disappeared at about 5.30pm on Monday.

The search was called off on Tuesday about 7pm after 100 searchers spent 24 hours looking for the two-year-old.

But police continued door knocking in an attempt to find her until 9pm on Tuesday.

Inspector Gary Davey says more than 100 searchers have been going door to door and focusing on bush and waterways.

Mr Davey says a stream near the house is a serious concern, as Asiling likes water.

He says police will broaden the search which will resume at 7.30am on Wednesday and in particular areas it will be more intensive, such as in the area where she was last seen.

Mr Davey says he has about 140 staff on the case, including 60 search and rescue, 30 airforce personnel and a further 50 staff on the investigation team.

The girl's aunt, Aithne Potts, says her mother turned her back for two seconds and when she looked back the child was gone.

She described Asiling as a "gorgeous child, a typical, happy two-year-old", she had been with her parents at a vacant property they were tidying up in Longburn Rd, Henderson.

Ms Potts says the family are now hoping for a miracle.

Longburn Rd is a quiet suburban street but there is plenty of reserve land nearby.

Nothing to suggest foul play

Mr Davey says there's still no evidence of foul play, but the police have not ruled out the possibly that Asiling Symes may have been abducted.

He says as time goes by, the police are becoming increasingly concerned for her safety.

The police are still keen to speak to an Asian woman who may have spoken with her on Monday afternoon.