16 Aug 2011

Police charge man in cold case

10:15 pm on 16 August 2011

Police have charged an Auckland man with murder in relation to the 2003 disappearance of a woman in the Hauraki Plains.

Sara Niethe was reported missing after she failed to return to her Kerepehi home, just south of Thames, after visiting a male acquaintance in Kaihere in March 2003.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Whitehead says the case was reviewed in 2010 and an investigation relaunched.

Mr Whitehead says a 49-year-old man will appear in the North Shore District Court on Wednesday on a charge of murder.

He says no matter how long a case may remain unresolved it is never closed and the arrest is testament to staff's dedication.