Thursday, 21 July 2005 - 11:01am |
National News

Appeal for park drivers to contact Police

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Police investigating the homicide of Katrina Jefferies, found dead in Waikowhai Park on Tuesday July 12, are appealing to the drivers and occupants of two vehicles seen in the reserve the night before she was found.

As a result of an appeal for information on the TV programme Police 10/7, a person has called Police and told them he saw two cars in the park between about 6.30pm and 7.45pm on Monday July 11.

One car, described as a Nissan Pulsar, silver four-door saloon, had two young men and two young women in it. It was seen in the middle carpark on Waikowhai Rd and one of the young women asked a man in his mid 30s for a cigarette.

The other car, seen in the bottom carpark closest to the water's edge, has been described as an early model white Mazda 323, occupied only by the driver whose gender was unclear.

Detective Senior Sergeant Gerry Whitley says it's important the investigation team locates the occupants of both vehicles to see whether they have any information that might help the inquiry.

"We've had reports of a vagrant living in the park but we've been unable to locate him. We need to find and speak with all people who were in that park at any time on the Monday evening or before 8am on the day Katrina was found,"
Mr Whitley said.

A Police Search and Rescue team and a Specialist Search Group have set up a base in the middle carpark today and are carrying out a wider search of the park, from Wesley Bay to the western end of Wattle Bay.

Anyone with information should call the Operation Waikowhai 0800 number - 0800 924 569.
Issued by Noreen Hegarty
Auckland City Police Communications Manager
Ph 09 302 6947 or 0274-951-589