Missing Darunee's body found in river
22.10.2004 - 2.20pm - By LOUISA CLEAVE
UPDATE - Missing woman Darunee Aphiromlerk's body has been found in the Waikato River.
The body of the 49-year-old property trader was wrapped in a mustard coloured duvet when it was discovered by an eel fisherman near Mercer yesterday.
Police have now launched a homicide inquiry.
The duvet cover is believed to have been taken from her home in Manurewa, South Auckland.
Detective Senior Sergeant Gary Lendrum said a post-mortem examination had been conducted but he would not discuss the cause of death.
He said while the body had not been formally identified, police were 90 per cent sure it was Ms Aphiromlerk.
It was believed to have been in the river for some time, and if fingerprints or dental records could not identify the body, DNA may have to be used.
She was last seen by a friend she lunched with after a Jehovah's Witness church meeting on October 3.
Ms Aphiromlerk told her friend she was going to work on a rental property in Papatoetoe.
Police said she bought petrol at a Papatoetoe service station in the afternoon.
Her dark-navy BMW was this week found abandoned in Epsom. It had been sitting in Queen Mary Ave over the weekend and showed no signs of damage or tampering.
Ms Aphiromlerk's partner, Martin Coogan, yesterday told how he found her home unlocked, a back window open and fruit rotting in the kitchen.
Police were alerted to Ms Aphiromlerk's disappearance last Thursday. She failed to meet Mr Coogan at Auckland Airport on October 12 and he rang police after finding her house empty.
- Additional reporting NZPA