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    Quote Originally Posted by CalliopeGG View Post
    Investigators started a "new search phase" on Tuesday after consulting an international evidence recovery expert and "based on information and sightings we have collected throughout the investigation", Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney said.

    Their focus areas include Lincoln, Halswell and Ellesmere – including in a pine forest and gravel pits in Birdling's Flat, which is between Lake Ellesmere and the South Pacific Ocean.

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news...-disappearance
    Thanks Galliope for starting this thread.
    I only found it, from a prompt, from another site.
    It would be terrific, if new threads could somehow be listed.
    I am sure others would love to contribute, trying to help these 'souls'.

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    There is a tiny snippet of new information here. Items of interest include clothing!!


    Then came a 70-day search through 2700 tonnes of rubbish at the Kate Valley Landfill in Waipara. It ended on Thursday and the "items of interest" collected – which includes clothing – will be sent for forensic testing. How many there are, police will not say, but the testing is expected to cost tens of thousands of dollars.


    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/crime...ichael-mcgrath

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmar View Post
    Thanks Galliope for starting this thread.
    I only found it, from a prompt, from another site.
    It would be terrific, if new threads could somehow be listed.
    I am sure others would love to contribute, trying to help these 'souls'.
    Brilliant to have you on the case Tmar. I'm pretty sure I'm the only local here.

    "Helping these souls" Is such a great way of putting it. Wish I could do more to help Michael and his family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalliopeGG View Post
    There is a tiny snippet of new information here. Items of interest include clothing!!


    Then came a 70-day search through 2700 tonnes of rubbish at the Kate Valley Landfill in Waipara. It ended on Thursday and the "items of interest" collected – which includes clothing – will be sent for forensic testing. How many there are, police will not say, but the testing is expected to cost tens of thousands of dollars.


    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/crime...ichael-mcgrath
    Thanks Galliope.
    POI goes to transfer station shortly after Michael's disappearance.
    Police stating that spending heaps on 'items of interest' including clothing.
    Sounds promising. ?? suspicious to state this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CalliopeGG View Post
    There is a tiny snippet of new information here. Items of interest include clothing!!


    Then came a 70-day search through 2700 tonnes of rubbish at the Kate Valley Landfill in Waipara. It ended on Thursday and the "items of interest" collected – which includes clothing – will be sent for forensic testing. How many there are, police will not say, but the testing is expected to cost tens of thousands of dollars.


    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/crime...ichael-mcgrath
    Calliope:
    From date when POI went to transfer station, the vicinity of his dump, may have been calculated.

    If clothing, suspected to be Michael's (verified by family) had blood, then DNA analysis would be undertaken.
    It would be brilliant, if on Michael's clothing, both his DNA on blood, PLUS that of another person, was identified.

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    New Zealand - Michael McGrath, 49, Christchurch, 21 May 2017

    Good to see it's still in the news Calliope and they are still searching. His poor brother is quoted here too:

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/crime...t-to-be-tested


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    Police searching for Michael McGrath’s body, no longer a missing person case

    https://www.star.kiwi/2017/12/police...g-person-case/

    Police have said for the first time they believe missing man Michael McGrath is dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyGirl View Post
    Police searching for Michael McGrath’s body, no longer a missing person case

    https://www.star.kiwi/2017/12/police...g-person-case/

    Police have said for the first time they believe missing man Michael McGrath is dead.

    Some interesting new information here JerseyGirl:


    “Stuff is reporting a firearm belonging to Mr Benbow appears to be missing.”

    Why dispose of the firearm, unless the perpetrator was expecting the body to be found? Maybe it is in a more obvious place than everyone is thinking. Surely he must have considered the police would be looking at him since he was the last person to see Michael alive. A missing firearm is going to immediately draw attention.


    “This has helped us gain valuable information from the public, in particular, we have good information and sightings from Sunday evening through to Monday 21 and 22 May.”

    Sightings of whom? Michael McGrath or David Benbow? I wish they would say more.

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