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Miramar murder: intruder leaves message in dead woman’s bedroom

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Wellington police tonight released this photo of a religious message that was left in the Miramar home of murdered woman Mei Chen.

The message was left in her bedroom by someone who broke into her house between December 3 and 17, after police had finished their scene investigation.

On the TV show Police Ten-7, a detective said the message could have been left by the murderer.

The message says:

‘‘I will trust the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding; in all ways – acknowledge Him and He will direct my paths.’’

Police say the card’s edges were likely to have been cut using a commercial die — a type of cutting press used to punch out shapes. The printing on the card is from an ink-jet printer such as a home printer.

Police believe the murderer is someone known to Mei Chen. No one has yet been arrested.

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Wellington Police are hoping that new developments to be shown on television tonight will lead to identifying the killer of Mei Fam in Miramar in November.

She was fatally stabbed in her Miramar home on Friday 8 November after dropping her two children off at the local Miramar Central School. Her body was discovered by friends who were concerned about her on Sunday 10 November when a homicide inquiry was launched by Police.

Police continue to appeal to the public for any sightings of anyone acting suspiciously in the Brussels Street area on Friday 8 November or any sightings of a 1992 bronze-coloured Toyota Corona with a black strip along the bottom of the doors which was also missing the front left hubcap.

Police have previously released details of the murder weapon which is a 32 centimetre knife with a wooden handle with the word ‘CARVER’ stamped into the base. Previous appeals have established that the knife was featured as part of a supermarket promotion in the early 90s so is relatively common.

The knife used to kill Mei Fan, however, has several distinctive features including a missing third rivet in the handle, unusual scrapes from being sharpened and a bent tip of the blade. It is possible the knife, which was originally part of a set, may have been disposed of as part of a deceased person’s estate, sold in a garage sale or donated to a second-hand or charity store. Police would like to hear from anyone who recognises these features of the knife.

Police will reveal new developments in their investigation on the TV show Police Ten-7 tonight. TV2 at 7.30pm.

Anyone with any information can contact the dedicated 0800 number for the inquiry which is 0800 348 348. Information can also be provided anonymously by contacting the Crimestoppers organisation on 0800 555 111.