Police believe missing Auckland woman Rae Portman is dead.
This afternoon, Detective Inspector Mark Gutry of the Counties Manukau Police said the police investigation into the disappearance of Rae (Bok) Portman was now being treated as a homicide.
"The elevation to a homicide is based on information from the public through the 0800 RaePortman and the Crimestoppers phone numbers,'' he said.
The 33-year-old Auckland woman, was reported missing on July 2 and has not been seen since the end of June.
Earlier police extended their search for Ms Portman to the Bay of Plenty, after they had recieved information that she was seen in Waihi and Tauranga in June.
Mr Gutry encouraged the public to contact police with any information they may have, no matter how trivial they believed it to be.
Anyone with information about the murder of Rae Portman is urged by Counties Manukau police.
Contact the Police investigation team on 0800 723 767 (0800 RaePortman), Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (0800 Crimestoppers) or through the facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Where-is-Rae-Bok-Portman