Police seek car and clothing sightings in Whanganui homicide

Friday 18 May 2012, 12:46PM
By New Zealand Police


A homicide investigation is continuing in Whanganui following the discovery of a man's body at a house in Campbell Street yesterday morning.

Police are not yet in a position to release the victim's name but he is a 77-year-old Whanganui man.  The victim's family are being notified today and once this process is completed Police will release his identity.

A post-mortem examination on the victim is expected to be completed tomorrow.

A scene examination of the property where his body was discovered is continuing in Campbell Street. A team of up to 25 staff are currently working on the investigation.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Kirby of Whanganui CIB says police are looking for help from the public in two ways:

"I would like to hear from anyone who saw the victim's car - a blue 1996 Jaguar XJ6.  I am particularly interested to know about its movements between 6.30pm on Wednesday 16th May and 8.30am on Thursday morning.

"I also want to hear from anyone who may have seen certain items of clothing which may have been discarded.

They are:

•       A red long sleeved jersey or sweatshirt
•       A black leather sleeveless vest
•       Dark coloured stonewashed jeans
•       Dark fingerless gloves
•       A pair of dark coloured sports shoes with light markings around the soles and coloured laces.


"Anyone with information about the movements of the car or sightings of the clothing are asked to contact the investigation team here at Whanganui Police on 06 349 0600."

Editors note:  A media conference with D/S/S Kirby will be held at Whanganui Police station at 3.30pm this afternoon. A picture of the car will be available then.

Until 3.00pm today all media calls to PNHQ on 04 474 9476.   Grant Ogilvie will be in Whanganui from 3.00pm today and available from then on 0274 236 9974.