Police are today in a position to name the person who was located deceased near Waiheke Island on Wednesday 15 November.
He was Lee Douglas Perry, 48, from South Auckland.
Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Allan, Auckland City CIB, says Mr Perry had travelled to Waiheke Island earlier in the week for work.
“Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time and support is being provided to his whānau.”
At this stage, Police enquiries into Mr Perry’s death remain ongoing and we are continuing to treat the death as unexplained.
“Police are wanting to establish the circumstances of the death and the discovery of a burnt-out vehicle, which we can now confirm belonged to Mr Perry, and was located around 14 kilometres away from his body,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Allan.
“We are appealing to the public for information regarding the movements of Mr Perry from Monday 13 November, in particular on or near Wharf Road, Ostend Road, and Man O War Bay Road, on Waiheke Island.
“Additionally, anyone with information on Mr Perry’s vehicle, a white Mazda Demio, registration HLZ228, while on Waiheke Island, is asked to get in touch.”
Detective Senior Sergeant Allan says this vehicle was sighted on Wharf Road on Tuesday and was located crashed and burnt-out on Man O War Bay Road on Wednesday morning.
“Police would like to understand how it got there.”
Detective Senior Sergeant Allan says there has been a positive public response to date and we would like to thank those who have already come forward to provide information.
“Anyone with information on Mr Perry’s movements or his vehicle is asked to contact us via our 105 phone service or online at https://www.police.govt.nz/use-105, using Update My Report.
“Please reference file number 231115/0667.
“Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Anna Thompson/NZ Police