Bid to float missing Queenstown man’s car


A submerged car linked to the disappearance of 11 year-old Mike Zhao-Beckenridge might be recovered as soon as tomorrow.

Police area commander Inspector Kelvin Lloyd says tidal forecasts show the weather at Southland’s Curio Bay over the coming days is going to be calm enough for the dive squad to enter the water and attach floating equipment to the blue Volkswagen Touareg.

The equipment is used to float the wreckage so police can tow it out from the rocks and recover it from the water.

The Police National Dive Team are expected to fly to Invercargill today where they will formulate a plan.

Lloyd: “The car, and what may be inside, remains a crucial part to our investigation, and we will be taking as much care as possible to recover it. This means it will most likely take our expert team a considerable amount of time to recover it safely.”

Police have been searching for Mike and his step-father, John Beckenridge, of Queenstown, since they went missing on March 13.

Potential sightings have come in from members of the public around the country.

However none of these have resulted in further lines of inquiries and the last confirmed sighting was on March 16.

Lloyd says while all the evidence police point to the pair being in the vehicle when it went over the cliff, police continue to treat the case as an active missing person investigation until they can confirm otherwise.

Otago Daily Times