25 Nov 2012

Body confirmed as missing Rotorua woman

8:02 pm on 25 November 2012

A body discovered in a Bay of Plenty forest is that of a missing Rotorua woman, police have confirmed.

Michelle Hoffman-Tamm, 51, disappeared after she left her home on a bicycle to visit friends on 7 November.

Officers investigating her disappearance upgraded their investigation to a homicide after a 44-year-old woman appeared in the Rotorua District Court on Friday charged with assault. She has been remanded in custody.

Hours later, police found a body in forest just off State Highway 38 near the town of Murupara.

Ms Hoffman-Tamm's bicycle was found on Thursday near some shops some distance away from her home.

A formal identification was carried out on Saturday and police will examine a Holland Street property over the next few days.