Police look to identify a man who gave a ride to a hitch-hiker, police investigation from Ōtaki homicide

Police look to identify a man who gave a ride to a hitch-hiker, police investigation from Ōtaki homicide

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Police investigating the recent homicide in Ōtaki are looking to speak with a man who gave a ride to a hitch-hiker on Saturday 16 May 2020.

The man, driving a red car, picked the male hitch-hiker up between 5 pm and 6 pm from State Highway One south of the Ōtaki township before dropping him off in Paraparaumu.

Police believe the driver may have been visiting family in Levin and was traveling back towards Wellington. Police are hoping this driver can assist the investigation team as they piece together a timeline of events relating to this inquiry.

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If you are the driver or can help Police locate him, please contact Police on 105 and quote file number 200517/3200.

FULL COVERAGE FROM 16th MAY – 17th MAY 2020:

At around 7:40 pm on Saturday, a ‘medical’ incident took place on Mill Road in Ōtaki; our media crew happened to be at the scene as two ambulances, two police cars and a fire truck arrived.

EMS provided medical treatment, but the person passed away.


Overnight an investigation team had arrived. Our media network was silent on reports shortly after 8:00 pm that night, only until early Sunday morning. Police announced in a media release that an ‘unexplained’ death of a person occurred on Saturday night at around 7:40 pm.


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Police announced on Sunday at 6:50 pm to media that they arrested and charged a 33-year-old man with murder to the death of a person in Ōtaki from Saturday night.

The man arrested and charged with murder appeared in the Palmerston North District Court on Monday. The man was an Ōtaki local that is known to the victim.

Police were not looking for anyone else in relation to the man’s death during that time until the 25th of May 2020.

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The investigation is still ongoing.

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