Miramar murder inquiry – police seeking a brown Toyota Corona

News from NZ Police

Investigators have released details of a second vehicle of interest to the homicide investigation into the killing of Mei Fan in Miramar.

Police are appealing for any sightings of the vehicle in the Miramar area, or anywhere else in Wellington, on 8 November which was the last day that Mei was seen alive.

Detective Senior Sergeant John van den Heuvel says “We now have information that the vehicle was in the Miramar area on 8 November and are appealing for any sightings of it”.

“We’re not making any assumptions as to who was driving the vehicle so we are also interested in any information about the occupants, what they were doing and what were they wearing”.

The vehicle is a brown Toyota Corona sedan which was missing the passenger-side front hub cap.

Anyone with any information should phone the dedicated number established for the inquiry which is 0800 348 348.

News from NZ Police – November 16
Wellington Police have released a picture of the weapon that was used to kill Mei Fan in her home in Miramar, as they continue their homicide investigation through the weekend. The weapon was a 32 centimetre knife with a wooden handle with the word ‘Carver’ stamped into the base.

Detective Senior Sergeant John van den Heuvel says “While we understand that seeing this image may be upsetting for some people, knowing where this knife has come from is key to finding the person responsible for killing Mei”.

“The knife could have come from anywhere so we want people to take a close look at the photo to see if they recognise it.”

“It is an older knife that may have been part of an estate, sold in a garage sale or been donated to a second-hand or charity store; it reminds me of the knife set my parents had in their cutlery drawer, many years ago.”

A team of 20 Police officers spoke with people travelling through Brussels Street, Park Road and Tauhinu Road area yesterday morning between 8.00am and 9.00am, a week on from the last time Mei was seen alive on Friday 8 November.

Members of Mei’s family will be arriving in New Zealand over the weekend, Police have worked with authorities to fast-track visa requirements and they will also be assisted by Victim Support upon their arrival.

“The assistance provided by the public to date has been very useful and I continue to encourage anyone who has any information to come forward” Detective Senior Sergeant van den Heuvel added.


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