Northern News : January 21st 2015
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Wednesday, January 21, 2015 ‘Love of life’ missing By SARAH HARRIS MISSING woman Leeann Ailini Scott has presents all wrapped up waiting for her return. Her 49th birthday and Christmas have both passed by since her disappearance on December 12 and partner Mick Corden, 54, is saving all the gifts for when the love of his life gets home. ‘‘We’re hoping to get Leeann back,’’ Corden says. ‘‘You’re just waiting and wondering what’s happened – the things that go through your mind are pretty bad. ‘‘We want her back whether she’s alive or passed over, just so we can get closure and so she can stay here with me. ‘‘It’s the not knowing that’s messing everybody up.’’ Scott was last seen at the Taipa shops on December 12. A search was carried out by police, fire crews and Far North search and rescue volunteers. Mangonui Constable Brett Walford says police are looking for any leads. ‘‘We are obviously continu- ing the search and checking out any lead that comes our way but at the moment it’s just waiting to see what pans out.’’ Scott had a habit of walk- ing to Taipa Bridge and back from her Cable Bay home with Corden’s mum. Her walking companion was away at the time of her disappearance but she decided to go for a stroll at 10.15am. Scott has bipolar disorder and a form of epilepsy but was feeling fine that morning, Corden says. ‘‘She left in a good mood. She was just a little bit confused but nothing that would stop her from coming back home. She wouldn’t have done this on purpose.’’ It was 3.30pm when Corden phoned his motherin-law, who also lives in the area. She hadn’t seen Scott. That’s when Corden began to worry. He drove all over town searching for her then raced home to call the police. It was getting dark and Young love: A photo of Mick Corden and Leeann Scott when they first met. the police called off the investigation until morning. By then Corden’s neighbours had started organising a search party. Everyone turned up on Corden’s front lawn at 9am the next morning. Corden wants the com- munity to know how thankful he is for all their help and support. ‘‘The amount of people that showed up was just enormous. ‘‘We had the fire engine, Presents waiting: Mick Corden is waiting for Leeann to get home so she can open her birthday and Christmas presents. police, St John, the walking club, the Lions, search and rescue from Kerikeri and the dog unit from Whangarei. ‘‘They were all volunteers. They’re amazing.’’ The Mangonui Cruising Club became headquarters Get a smile you’ll be proud of! • No metal braces – 6 Month Smiles uses clear braces • Treatment may take as little as 6 months • Flexible payment options • Dr Simon Leith offers a range of corrective dental treatments FOR A FREE CONSULTATION* CALL 0800 6 MONTHS * Some conditions apply Dr Simon Leith www.kerikeridentalcentre.co.nz before after and up to 100 people searched for Scott who used to be an airline hostess. ‘‘They did a massive search. They searched all this area . . . they searched for miles.’’ Corden says it was love at Leeann Ailini Scott The 49-year-old is 176cm tall and of solid build. She’s of Tongan and European descent and was last seen in an orange-fluoro top, black pants and Nike running shoes at the Taipa shops on December 12. Anyone who may have seen Scott or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact Kaitaia police on 09 408 6500. first sight when the couple met 21 years ago at a pub in Helensville. ‘‘We got drinking together and that was the end of it,’’ he says. ‘‘She’s the love of my life. She’s my soulmate.’’ Heartbroken: Corden sleeps next to the small framed photo of Scott every night. They’ve been together 21 years.
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