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.
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.