Family of ‘kind-hearted’ woman found dead in Northland River still awaiting answers

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Bailey Magill turned 36 shortly before his death in Northland.

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Bailey Magill turned 36 shortly before his death in Northland.

The death of a “kind-hearted” woman who lived in her van in Northland remains a mystery more than three weeks later.

Bailey Magill, 36, was found dead in Waipapa River on May 22. His car, a silver Toyota Estima, had been in a parking lot near Cherry Park House for almost a week.

Magill’s father, Kevin Waterman, said all the family knew was that she was found in the river and toxicology reports were pending.

Waterman said her daughter had been a “pretty” person who periodically spent time living in her van, which her parents had bought for her in the hope that she would leave Kerikeri for a “fresh start”.

Magill had been “a good guy”, Waterman said, with a flair for art and a passion for nature and the environment.

Bailey Magill was found in the Waipapa River near Landing Rd in Kerikeri.  (File photo)

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Bailey Magill was found in the Waipapa River near Landing Rd in Kerikeri. (File photo)

“She loved Kerikeri, she lived here since she was around 10 or 11 and really loved the people and life too.”

Waterman last saw Magill a few weeks before her death when he went down to the library in Kerikeri, where she had parked, to give her some mail.

“She had a bit of an on-and-off relationship with us, but I told her she should come over for her birthday for a family dinner.”

Magill didn’t show up, Waterman said, so he and his wife texted her saying they loved her.

“We didn’t hear from her for about a week, but that wasn’t unusual. I expected her to wake up one day at home, but the police came instead.

Investigating officers into Magill’s death said inquiries were ongoing and Waterman said they were unable to tell the family anything further.

Waterman said the family held a silent cremation.

“She always said she wanted a Norse funeral where you send your body on a burning boat – we can’t quite do that, but maybe we’ll put her ashes on a raft.”

Waterman said Magill’s van was returned to them after it was checked by police.

“The car was very clean and things were missing – bedding and clothes. I don’t know if she put things away or got rid of them or if someone else did.

Penny Lawty, who handles reservations for Cherry Park House, said Magill’s van had been there for about a week before her body was discovered.

“Vans often park here, so his car was nothing out of the ordinary, but as the days went by and the car stayed, we grew concerned.

Magill's silver Toyota Estima was found in the parking lot of Cherry Park House.

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Magill’s silver Toyota Estima was found in the parking lot of Cherry Park House.

“We decided that if it was there one more day we would report it to the police, but someone else had already done so.”

Lawty said police contacted her husband to request access to the house as a body was found nearby in the river.

Magill was a “vulnerable” person, said Waterman, who struggled with addiction.

“We worried about her, she was quite a lighthearted person and a woman living and sleeping alone in her car.”

Waterman said there was a chance the family would never find out what happened to Magill and he still felt “numb” and “in shock”.

“Bailey will be greatly missed by all of us, she had a good heart. If anyone saw her or her van in the days leading up to May 22, all I can say is call the police and let them know. say.

A police spokesman said they were awaiting “official results” before they could rule on the cause of Magill’s death.

It was currently unexplained, but the spokesperson said anyone with information could contact the police on 105.

“We will provide a further update when we can.”

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