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Ex Shortland Street actress feared dead

Tania Ellwood has been missing for over a week.

By Emma Land

Police have grave concerns for missing Auckland woman Tania Ellwood.

The 39-year-old was last seen in Newmarket at approximately 11am on Wednesday 28 February, 2018.

Tania played Mandy Timmins on Shortland Street in 2006. She is also a hair and makeup artist and fashion stylist, according to her Star Now profile.

It is feared she could be one of the two people found dead in a boarding house in Grey Lynn on Tuesday.

Police issued this photo of Tania appealing for sightings of her.
Police issued this photo of Tania appealing for sightings of her.

Police were aware of speculation as to the identity of the deceased, but would not comment until formal identification and post-mortems were carried out.

"As formal identification has not yet taken place, we are not in a position to comment further," Police told the New Zealand Herald.

Tania's sister Katrina appealed via Facebook two days ago for sightings of her. She had last been in contact with her family at 6pm on February 28th when she was believed to be heading home.

Police were called to Dryden Lodge, a halfway house in the upmarket Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn on Tuesday afternoon, where two people were discovered dead.

Stuff reports that a man posted a video to Facebook on Tuesday evening as he walked around the property. In it, he speaks to a woman who identified Tania as one of the people who died.

The man who filmed the video knew Tania and described her as "a real nice lady". He said the property where the bodies were found was "a very jail like place," and filmed bars on the windows of the office.

Dryden Lodge in Grey Lynn where the bodies were found.
Dryden Lodge in Grey Lynn where the bodies were found.

The downstairs level of the property is still cordoned off while investigations are carried out. Police are not looking for anyone in relation to the two deaths.