Police investigating the disappearance of an Auckland woman say the media should give them any information likely to help the inquiry.
The New Zealand Herald has published unattributed claims that Carmen Thomas's body has possibly been cut up and dumped in the Hunua Ranges.
The 32-year-old has been missing since 27 June. Police believe she has been killed after finding blood inside her abandoned car.
Family and friends contributing to an online support page for Carmen Thomas are angered at claims made about what may have happened to her.
Police have released a statement saying speculation is upsetting to relatives and anyone with information, including the media, should pass it on to investigators.
The statement says police do not know what has happened to Ms Thomas, or where she is.
Police say they cannot elaborate on forensic information, other than to confirm that blood was discovered in her car which was found in Hamilton on 13 July.
The New Zealand Herald is not commenting on its story.