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Police identify body as missing Rotorua woman

Published: 8:32AM Saturday November 24, 2012 Source: ONE News

Police have formally identified a body found in a forested area close to State Highway 38 near Murupara as that of missing Rotorua woman Michelle Hoffman-Tamm.

Hoffman-Tamm, 51, was missing for more than two weeks. She was last seen on her bike leaving home in Phillip Street, Rotorua, on November 7 on the way to visit friends.

Her bike was found on Friday, at a separate location in Rotorua.

Murupara is about 60 kilometres southeast of Rotorua.

A 44 year-old woman has been arrested and charged with common assault in connection to the case.

Police were earlier searching Rotorua's landfill for clues in their homicide investigation.

A police statement said they expected to continue their forensic examination of an address in Holland Street in Rotorua for a couple more days.

Police want to hear from anyone who was in the area of Holland Street between 6pm on Wednesday November 7, and Sunday November 11, and in Victoria Street between Sunday November 11 and Monday November 12.

Hoffman-Tamm's family are being kept up to date with developments. On Wednesday, the missing woman's sister made a heartfelt plea for information in the case.

Jan Dolan said it was completely out of character for her sister to go missing and not make contact with her family.

She said that Hoffman-Tamm was in a "very good head space' when she was last seen.