Brought to you by NZCity

 | main | news | security | policing 2 Jun 2020 | crime.co.nz 
SEARCH: 
 Main NZ law and order news
Send a link to this article to a friend via email
 crime.files
  
 Murder
 Unsolved
 Sexual Crime
 White Collar
 Child Abuse
 Political & Misc.

 crime.features
  
 Crime news
 Home security
 Business security
 Security services
 Policing NZ
 NZ Parole Board
 Psychology&Law
 Kidz Korner
 Firearms in NZ

 crime.resources
  
 Prevention
 For Victims
 Drug Abuse
 Alcohol Abuse
 Legal Resources
 Crime Statistics
 Family Violence
 Support Services
 NewsLinks

 crime.co.nz
  
 HOME
 About Us
 Contribute
 Contact Us
 Feedback
 NZCity


Click here to add crime.co.nz to your NZCity Personal Start Page

Gail McFayden - What Happened
Graham McFadyen arrived home at 4.15pm the day she disappeared. He was surprised to find the caravan locked and his wife not there. This was unusual as she looked forward to his return each night. He phoned both sets of parents but she was not there. He called the police around 7pm but a search was not mounted at that stage.
At 5am the following morning, Graham phoned the police again and they commenced a search which was progressively extended over the next few days to include police, army, search and rescue personnel and volunteers from the general public. The police interviewed more than 2000 local people with still no sign of Gail.

On Saturday 20 March, Gail’s brother Richard found the caravan key Gail would have used, in sand just north of the surf club. The area was cordoned off and a systematic search began on Sunday 21 March, using metal detectors, sieves, wheelbarrows and shovels. That evening, police concluded the missing woman was not above ground in the area.

A more detailed search using metal probes supplied by the army began on Tuesday, to check beneath the sand. While searching behind the surf club using the probes, Sergeant Peter Keedwell found Gail's body in a sandy grave, on a track just south of the central path. A meticulous excavation began. As the body was carefully exposed, it revealed she was naked, her wrists were tied with flax and bound with masking tape, her head and face had been grotesquely bound with masking tape, and there was a band of bruising around her neck. A post mortem established she had been strangled from behind with flax or a rope. She had apparently clawed her own neck as she tried to break free of the stricture. None of her clothes or other property had been buried with her.

Next related article: Forward to Gail McFayden - Top defence lawyer engagedGail McFayden - Top defence lawyer engaged

Back to Gail McFadyen Index
 

© 2020 NZCity
For marketing opportunities contact: www.webads.co.nz