Body in vehicle pulled from lake

Police recover a Ford Ranger containing a body that was found submerged in a Waikato lake. PICTURE: New Zealand Herald

A body has been found in Kim Richmond’s car, pulled out of Lake Arapuni yesterday.
Police found the missing woman’s Ford Ranger at Lake Arapuni on Wednesday, where police divers were searching as part of the investigation into her mysterious disappearance a year ago.
Detective senior sergeant Ross Patterson confirmed a body was inside.
“The identity of that person is not confirmed yet. That body will go to Auckland for a post-mortem examination tomorrow.”
When asked about whether any foul play may have been involved, Mr Patterson declined to comment.
He said they reviewed the investigation into Richmond’s disappearance “and there were some areas that we wanted to check and make sure that all areas had been done. It’s because of this new search that we were able to find the vehicle”.
Divers found the vehicle in 6m deep water, which had poor visibility.
It was draped in weeds as it was pulled out from the water by a crane. How the vehicle came to end up in the water would be a focus of the investigation.
Several police were on hand as the delicate procedure was carried out.
Police said Ms Richmond’s family has been informed.
She disappeared from her home on the morning of July 31 last year. She and her partner Corey Jefferies had been at a social at the Arohena Hall on the night of July 30.
Some time in the morning she drove off and had not been seen since. Adding to the mystery was the discovery of her bank cards in the Turangi region last October. NZME

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