The body of a woman found in a cemetery on Auckland's North Shore may not be formally identified until Thursday, police say.
It is believed to be that of Blessie Gotingco, 56. who failed to return to her home in the North Shore suburb of Birkdale after leaving work in central Auckland.
She caught a bus to her home on Saturday night and was reported missing some hours later.
On Wednesday morning, a man appeared in the North Shore District Court on charged with murdering Mrs Gotingco sometime between 24 and 26 May.
No details about him can be made public, as he was granted full name and image suppression.
He was remanded in custody to appear in the High Court at Auckland on 18 June.