Police advise that the body of a man found dead near his car this morning in the Wellington suburb of Newlands is believed to be that of Wellington barrister Greg King, 42.
Detective Inspector Paul Basham of Wellington CIB said while formal identification would be carried out tomorrow as part of the post mortem process, Police were satisfied there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr King’s death.
Police were notified by a member of the public about 10.30am who reportedly discovered Mr King’s body near his vehicle. Police had notified the family and scene examinations were continuing, Mr Basham said.
“Our deepest sympathies are with Greg’s family and friends at this incredibly tragic and difficult time.
“Greg was well known and respected among Police staff, and I know his death will be keenly felt by many people, including those in the wider legal community, which has also suffered a huge loss.”
King family spokesperson, Frances Jones, asked that the family's privacy be respected as they come to terms with the tragic news.
“This is a terrible tragedy for Greg’s family and children, who are devastated by his loss.”
Mr Basham said no-one else was being sought in connection with the death, which had now been referred to the Coroner.
MEDIA NOTE: Mr King’s family have asked for privacy and do not wish to be contacted by media at this time.
Media contact: Ross Henderson, Police Media ph 027 703 7329.