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The Star: January 11, 2018

The Star: January 11,

Supreme NewSpaper of The Year National Award Winner Star Media A Star Media Event Thursday, January 11, 2018 Sunday 18 March 2018 The best read and largest circulating newspaper in Christchurch TWO-YEAR MYSTERY NOW A MURDER INQUIRY • By Star reporters A CHRISTCHURCH man who went missing just over two years ago is now believed to have been murdered. Richard Hinkley, who was 49 when he disappeared, was last seen at Kiwibank in Edgeware on December 12, 2015. But in a major development in the past few weeks, police have searched a property in east Christchurch. The Star has learned the search has confirmed police inquiries that he has likely been killed. Mr Hinkley’s body was not found during the search. Detectives have a key suspect. Mr Hinkley was 1.84m tall, and of solid build, and had a shaved head when he was last seen. He often wore a beanie or hat. He was last seen wearing dark pants, a black T-shirt with a large white pattern on the front and a blue peaked cap with a dark blue logo on the front. There have been no sightings of Mr Hinkley reported to police since he went missing. Police appear not to have been aware of Mr Hinkley’s disappearance until March 2016 when they issued a media statement seeking information from the public as to his whereabouts. At the time, police said they were building a picture of what may have happened to him and were liaising with his family who had become increasingly concerned for his welfare. But information received recently opened a major line of inquiry for detectives. The Star yesterday attempted to talk to detectives investigating the Hinkley case about the breakthrough. But they did not respond to phone calls or emails. The development in the Hinkley case is similar to that of missing Halswell man Michael McGrath. Mr McGrath disappeared 236 days ago. In December, after months of investigation, police and his family conceded Mr McGrath was dead. Police still list his disappearance as a missing persons case but they have been running a parallel homicide case for months. They spent more than two months searching the Kate Valley landfill site for clues and took away more than 200 pairs of jeans, some of which will be forensically tested. Police also made an extensive forensic search of a Halswell property belonging to Mr McGrath’s friend David Benbow. Police said he was a person of interest. LAST SIGHTING: Richard Hinkley (above) was last seen at the Edgeware NZ Post and Kiwibank on December 12, 2015. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER Who knew it would be so wonderful to my grandkids play music poorly hear Book an appointment today. Consultations by appointment only. Merivale Hearing Clinic 24b Church Lane • Call now: 356 2324 Greg Foote, Audiologist COOL SUMMER AIR CONDITIONER OFFER! FULLY INSTALLED Accredited installers 10yr workmanship guarantee 6yr warranty Ph 377 0034 15/114 Sawyers Arms Road WiFi Edition e3 TM Fujitsu 6kW Heat Pump $2,699 FULLY INSTALLED* MODEL: ASTG18KMCB Call for a FREE Home consultation & quotation today! email: *Conditions apply. Installed back-to-back, up to three metre pipe run & electrical supply within 6