Investigate magazine has released part of its file on Heidi Paakkonen in response to a request via the news media from Police Superintendent Win van der Velde.
However, Investigate editor Ian Wishart has blanked out portions of the documents, including names, in response to van der Velde's release of documents to Investigate this week on the Crewe murders under the Official Information Act where all names, including those of police officers carrying out the inquiry, were blanked out.
"If Supt van der Velde is serious about investigating the Heidi Paakkonen sighting and perhaps actually finding her body or where she went, then he and his officers should consider getting off their chuffs and actually doing some police work," said Wishart today.
"The couple who knew Heidi and saw her on Kawau Island have already been to police on this and other matters. Police know their names, or would if they rechecked the files. Van der Velde could very quickly get a full copy of this report (including other pages) by letting his fingers do the walking and dialling up former Police Commissioner John Jamieson, who has a copy already."
Wishart added that the Kawau sighting was the only sighting made of Heidi Paakkonen after she disappeared by someone who actually personally knew her.
"The police, and armchair conspiracy theorists like the Sunday Star-Times' Neil Reid or DimPost's Danyl, need to bear that salient point in mind before playing fast and loose with what may be the best lead police ever get in tracking down Heidi Paakkonen's final whereabouts."
That's just a little bit of the file. Meanwhile, here's a sample of one of dozens of pages on the Crewe case released by police officer Win van der Velde (who suggested to an NZPA reporter I should provide the Heidi documents to police):