Police concerned for missing Kapiti woman – intensify search

Police are intensifying the search for missing Otaki woman Michaela Leger
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It has now been two weeks since Michaela Leger went into the sea at Raumati in a stolen Kayak.

Police along with LandSAR will be searching Kāpiti Island and the surrounding area this weekend for Michaela who was last seen leaving Raumati Beach, Saturday 21 October.

Police say Michaela Leger, aged 29, from Ōtaki, who is currently missing matches the description of the woman seen leaving Kāpiti Coast Beach in a single seater yellow kayak.

Police SAR, and LandSAR will be searching the Island with a focus on the eastern and northern coastlines and the Police Maritime Unit will search areas around the island including neighbouring islands.

“A team of investigators continues to follow any lead that may lead us to Michaela. We are concerned for her and are providing support to her whānau.

“Police continue to appeal for information from anyone who has any information which may assist us to locate Michaela.”

Police are asking Kāpiti Coast residents to check any sleepouts, outbuildings or unoccupied holiday accommodation on their property for anything unusual.

“We ask anyone at beaches along the coast to please contact us if they see a yellow kayak, like the one in the attached photo, that looks out of place or abandoned.

“If anyone has information which could assist our enquiries, they’re asked to contact Police via 105, or online at https://www.police.govt.nz/use-105 using ‘Update report’ and quote file number 231022/0452.”

Michaela Leger of Ōtaki is reported missing by Police