Nelson Police have confirmed that the woman missing in Kawatiri is Wakefield local, Rachel Stokes.
Rachel’s car was found crashed on SH6 near Kawatiri Junction this morning.
A helicopter and a search dog have also been deployed.
The search has failed to find any trace of Rachel Stokes and police are appealing for members of the public who may have seen her, or offered her a ride to come forward.
Rachel is European, aged 46 years.
Anyone with information is urged to call Nelson Police Ph 5463840.