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Search warrant issued in Marlborough homicide case


Paula Hulburt

Police have carried out at search of a Canvastown address in their continuing search for missing homicide victim Jessica Boyce.

Marlborough Police carried out a search of the area as part of Operation Largo yesterday.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ciaran Sloan confirmed officers had successfully executed a search warrant.

But said he could not comment on any findings to help protect the investigation.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ciaran Sloan confirmed officers had successfully executed a search warrant. Photo: File/Top South Media

“We can confirm the search relates to Operation Largo, the continuing investigation into the disappearance of Jessica Boyce from Renwick in March 2019.

“The investigation has been active since Jessica disappeared and today’s search is the latest phase of our ongoing enquiries.

To protect the investigation, we are unable to comment on the nature and outcome of the search.”

Jessica was 27 years old when she disappeared in March 2019 and in October that year police declared her case a homicide investigation.

Speaking to the Marlborough Weekly in 2022, Detective Senior Seargent Sloan said police are aware how difficult the ongoing situation is for Jess’s family.

He says yesterday’s search shows investigators are determined to bring justice for Jessica.

“Police have kept Jessica’s family up to date with these latest developments, and investigators remained determined to bring justice for Jessica.”

Jessica’s family have not released an official statement at this time.

Police encourage anyone who has any information at all which may assist to contact Police on 105 and quote file number 190322/7217.

“We continue to urge anyone who has information about Jessica's disappearance to contact Marlborough Police,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Ciaran Sloan.

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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