Beckenridge case referred to Coroner

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Detective Senior Sergeant Stu Harvey:

Nearly four years to the day that they went missing, the case of Mike Zhao-Beckenridge and John Beckenridge will be referred to the Coroner.

Police have confirmed there have been ”many reports from members of the public who have seen an elderly Caucasian male in the company of Asian boy”, but police had found no evidence to suggest those sightings were the Beckenridges.

The case would be referred to the Coroner.

Wednesday marks four years since Beckenridge, who would now be 68, picked up his stepson from an Invercargill school – in the process breaking a court order – and vanished.
Beckenridge – a helicopter pilot – met Mike’s mother, Fiona Lu, while they were working in Afghanistan in 2006. Lu, who is from China, had moved to the war-torn country to work as a waitress, with her parents raising Mike.

The pair later moved to New Zealand where they were based in Queenstown. Their relationship broke down in 2014 shortly after Lu moved to Invercargill to begin a hairdressing course.

-NZME