PHOTO: The house police have been searching this house in Hornby. NEWSHUB
MISSING PERSONS: Yanfei Bao – Police Investigating Over 120 Public Tips in Search for Missing Real Estate Agent
The Investigation Continues
The search for 44-year-old Yanfei Bao, a missing Christchurch real estate agent, has entered its sixth day, with police meticulously examining numerous tips provided by the public.
Arrest Made in Connection with Kidnapping
A man accused of kidnapping Yanfei Bao appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Monday. The charges brought against him include unlawfully taking Bao without her consent, with the intention to confine her. The arrest took place at Christchurch Airport, where the suspect was attempting to flee the country.
Public Tips Flood In
As of Tuesday morning, the police have received over 120 pieces of information from the public. A significant portion of these tips is related to a silver Mitsubishi sedan with registration DPH101. Additionally, authorities have been investigating a ditch near Lake Ellesmere in connection with the case.
Focus on Hornby Property
On Monday, police directed their attention to a property in the suburb of Hornby, marking the third property searched in relation to Bao’s disappearance. The homeowners, who lived in the house for 37 years before relocating to Australia, expressed shock at the scrutiny their former residence is under. Yanfei Bao was acting as a buyer’s agent and was scheduled to show someone the property on the morning of her disappearance.
Distraught Family and Friends
Bao’s husband, Paul Gooch, and a small group of close friends were present at the court hearing on Monday. Gooch described his wife’s vanishing as a “nightmare” and expressed disbelief at the unfolding events.
Timeline of Events
Yanfei Bao, a mother-of-one, recently joined Harcourts as a real estate agent and holds extensive sales experience. She was last seen on Vickerys Rd in Wigram around 10:30 am on Wednesday, leaving her car parked on Iroquois Pl.
Deep Concerns for Her Safety
Both the police and Bao’s family assert that her disappearance is highly unusual and express profound concerns for her safety. The case is being treated as a missing persons investigation, and a team of 40 officers is diligently working on the matter.
Cell Phone Found, But Bao Remains Missing
One of Bao’s cell phones was discovered nearly 7 km from the location where she was last seen, thanks to help from the public. However, she has not been located yet.
Plea for Information
Authorities have received more than 50 additional pieces of information from the public since the investigation began. They urge anyone with relevant information to come forward and provide assistance.
If you have any information, please get in touch with the police via 105, either by calling or submitting an online update report at https://www.police.govt.nz/use-105.