News from NZ Police
Police are appealing to the public for help in tracing the movements of the 24-year-old man charged with the murder of Edward Tahakura, whose body was found on Otaki Beach last week.
Officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan says: “While the investigation has been progressing positively, inquires have led us to believe the 24-year-old hitchhiked on Thursday 12 September from the Otaki area to Wellington, and then from here has made his way up to Tokora.”
“He was hitchhiking in the Otaki area and was given a ride from Te Horo in the early hours of the morning on the Thursday.”
Inquiries have revealed the man was picked up by a red truck carrying fruit from Te Horo and transported through to the Wellington Ferry Terminal.
Police understand at around 6am that same morning he left the terminal and began hitchhiking north up the Ngauranga Gorge. He was given a ride from here in a white truck or ute to Paraparaumu, before catching a ride to Otaki in a silver car. He then caught a ride from Otaki to Palmerston North in an unknown vehicle. From Palmerston North he got a ride in a blue BMW vehicle to Tokoroa.
“We don’t know what he was wearing when he was hitchhiking. He is of Maori descent, of medium build, approximately 1.8 metres tall with closely shaven black hair.
“It is our understanding that five people have given this man a ride throughout the course of his journey.
“We are very keen to hear from those five people and I ask them to contact police as soon as possible,” says Mr Sheridan.
Anyone who may have seen the man described hitchhiking, or who was one of the five people who have given him a ride, is asked to contact Detective Dave Wilson on (06) 351 3661.