Rose of Tralee contestant Monica Reid reported missing to police by family found dead

Monica Reid
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A Rose of Tralee contestant who was reported missing by her family to New Zealand police has been found dead.

Monica Reid, 26, was the Auckland Rose and took part in the New Zealand competition last month to pick a representative to travel to Ireland this coming August. Ms Reid, an Atatu resident who worked as a transport network organiser was in the process of completing a Masters in urban planning.

She was last seen on Friday afternoon in Matipo Road, Te Atatu Peninsula and was believed to have been wearing a purple/pink puffer jacket, the Irish Mirror reports.

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In an update, North Shore, Rodney and West Auckland Police said a 26-year-old woman reported missing from Te Atatu Peninsula on Friday "has this afternoon (Sunday) been located deceased."

Police added: "Her death is not being treated as suspicious and will be referred to the Coroner. Police extend our sympathies to the woman's family and loved ones."

A temporary base at the Waitemata Rowing Club had been established with multiple search groups in attendance.

Those involved at the Taikata Sailing Club included frontline police, the police maritime unit, land SAR (search and rescue), police SAR and detectives.

The Auckland Irish Club paid tribute to Ms Reid in a statement.

"Sending lots of love and condolences to the family of Monica Reid. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May she rest in peace." reported that Imogen Trupinic, a sister of Ms Reid's said in a Facebook post that she had seven siblings and that her missing sibling was the youngest of the family

Ms Trupinic also revealed Reid was in the process of buying a house with her fiance.

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