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Source: New Zealand Police (District News)

Following a post-mortem examination today, Police can confirm that the death of a woman found at Kau Bay yesterday is not being treated as suspicious.

Police are making enquiries in relation to the death on behalf of the Coroner.

Police are appealing to the public for sightings of the woman in the Hutt Valley on the evening of Saturday 25 June, in order to establish her movements prior to her death.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch says “This has been a tragic event for her whānau and friends and we hope to provide some closure through our enquiries. The help of the public is appreciated, as we piece together her final hours.”

The woman is described as Māori, 28 years old, of slim build and average height, with shoulder-length black hair.

It’s thought that she left Stokes Valley early Saturday evening and walked to Petone Foreshore. She was wearing an orange fleece hoody, green-and-black tie-dyed trackpants and blue shoes.

The woman’s clothes and other possessions including a blue-and-white-striped duvet were located on the Petone Esplanade, on the wooden steps at the Cuba Street intersection.

If you saw a woman fitting this description or the clothing left on Petone Esplanade, on Saturday evening or Sunday, please contact Police on 105 and quote file number 220627/3262.

People can also report crimes anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at https://www.crimestoppers-nz.org

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Issued by Police Media Centre

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