Missing Whanganui Woman

Post Mortem on Body

14th May 2010

By Graeme Trask

A post mortem will be carried out on the body that was discovered late Wednesday night next to SH4.

The body was airlifted out late Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the major focus of the post mortem will be on identifying the body and also, a detailed examination of the area where the body was found in dense bush.

The body that was discovered is thought to be that of missing woman Marice McGregor who went missing on April 19.

Police declined to say if the body was that of Marice McGregor.

Detective Senior Sergeant Gwynne Pennell said: “It is not yet possible to establish the identity of the body and we will not be in a position to release any more information until the Coroner is satisfied that it is appropriate to do so.

Last night the disappearance of Marice McGregor was featured on Police Ten-7. 19 phone calls were received mainly relating to possible sightings of the green vehicle.

Police will now access this information.

“We are grateful to those members of the public who took the time to phone in,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Gwynne Pennell. “Even if we receive confirmation that it was Marice who we located on SH4, it is by no means the end of the investigation. We will still need information that will help us to fully understand what happened to her.”

Anyone with information relevant to the disappearance of Marice McGregor is asked to contact Whanganui Police on 06 349 0600. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.