Search for missing woman in Manawatū River continues
SINEAD GILL / Tips
Some search and rescue personnel will search the water by kayak on Saturday, the police dive team will not be present.
The search for a 27-year-old man who went missing in the Manawatū River on Wednesday continues, but without the police dive team.
The woman, Mu Mu, has not been seen since she disappeared off Ahimate Beach on Wednesday afternoon with 11-year-old Blae Ler Paw, whose body was found on Friday morning.
A police spokeswoman said there would be search and rescue personnel searching the water by kayak on Saturday.
The police dive team would not be present, but that could change if new information comes to light.
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The police dive team stopped their search shortly after 7 p.m. Friday.
Blae Ler Paw’s body was found 500 meters downstream from where she was last seen.
The search for the couple began on Wednesday, continued on Thursday and resumed on Friday.
A rāhui was placed on the river from the Ashhurst Bridge upstream and downstream to Ōpiki.
The two women came from separate families but were part of the same community, both having moved to New Zealand as refugees from Myanmar.
A support team from the New Zealand Karen Association traveled from Auckland to support the two families.
A Giveallitle page has been established to raise funds for both families to cover funeral costs and other needs, as well as to provide support for families.