25 May 2014

Disappearance could be 'sinister', say police

8:07 pm on 25 May 2014

Police in Auckland say the disappearance of a woman on her way home from work on Saturday night is sinister.

Blesilda Gotingco.

Blesilda Gotingco. Photo: SUPPLIED

Blesilda Gotingco, 56, who is known as Blessie, left work at Tower Insurance in the Auckland CBD just before 7pm on Saturday but never made it to her home in Birkdale on the North Shore.

Detective Senior Sergeant Stan Brown said it was believed Ms Gotingco caught a bus after work. Her daughter found her mobile phone and shoes 400 metres from her Salisbury Street home.

Mr Brown said the police had serious concerns for Ms Gotingco.

"We obviously have to see is she called away, is she injured somewhere, is she under a house, is she in a shed versus the worst case scenario, has someone removed her in a vehicle."

Mr Brown said it could have been a tragic accident and she may have been knocked down by a motorist or it could be something more sinister.

He said police were interviewing drivers on bus routes out of the city to the North Shore to piece together Blesilda Gotingco's journey home.

Police have been examining Ms Gotingco's home and surroundings. They have been talking to Birkenhead Transport and are asking people who caught the 7.20pm or 7.40pm bus to contact them.

They say the 56-year-old, who is slim with dark shoulder length hair, was wearing a white top and light coloured trousers.

The North Shore house where Blesida Gotingco's possessions were found.

The North Shore house where Blesida Gotingco's possessions were found. Photo: RNZ / Olivia Allison