New Zealand’s Dangerous Streets – Birkenhead Woman Disappears on Journey Home from Work

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Blesilda is known as Blessie

 

A 56 year old North Shore woman disappeared in suspicious circumstances on her way to her Birkdale home yesterday evening. It is a reminder that Auckland’s  seedy North Shore remains an unsafe place to live.

Blesilda Gotingco 56, was last heard from at 6.21pm Saturday evening when she spoke to her son. She told him she was leaving work at 7pm and would be getting a bus back to her home in Salisbury Road, Birkdale. She’d been working at Tower Insurance on Fanshaw Street in Auckland’s CBD.

Blesilda never made it home and her shoes and mobile phone were found on a driveway metres from her home a few hours later. A neighbour reported hearing frightened screams around 8pm followed by “the loud sound of a low slung car roaring off.” However, she did nothing and did not make a report to the police until an investigation into Mrs Gotingco’s disappearance had began.

People on the TradeMe.co.nz forum speculated why no-one reported the screams to the police when they were happening:

Blessiepolice called

The New Zealand press are describing Mrs Gotingco as a Filipino (not a Kiwi( which must be upsetting for her family. She has two adult children who also live in New Zealand. One questions what one has to achieve to be regarded as a fellow citizen in New Zealand.

We hope she is safely returned to her loved ones soon. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this distressing time.

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