Anonymous homicide caller fronts up

MARIKA HILL, MICHELLE ROBINSON AND SIMON DAY
Last updated 16:19 01/10/2012
Hillside Rd homicide
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DEATH SCENE: A tent covers a man's body found on Hillside Rd in Mt Wellington.

Hillside Rd homicide
SIMON DAY/Fairfax NZ
MYSTERY CALL: A man who said his name was Hohepa called police from this phone booth in Panama Rd.

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LATEST: The mystery caller who alerted emergency services to a dead body in Mt Wellington has made contact with police after vanishing from the scene last night.

The man's body was discovered at 11.30pm on a grass bank on Hillside Rd, following the tip-off. Police believe the male victim died a violent death.

Detective Inspector Dave lynch said the man had suffered injuries and police were "convinced" they were dealing with a homicide.

The deceased is yet to be identified.

Police were alerted by a man calling from a phone box on Panama Rd, who "alluded to a person lying down and not moving", Counties Manukau police spokeswoman Ana-Mari Gates-Bowey said.

The caller had referred to himself as Hohepa and spoke to his 'missus' who clearly described where the body was.

Hohepa told emergency services he would wait at the scene, but had disappeared by the time police arrived.

As a result of publicity today, Hohepa had made contact with police and was being interviewed.

The body was expected to be removed from the scene today.

Police have so far been unable to identify the victim as he did not have a wallet on him.

Gates-Bowey said police could not comment on the man's injuries until an autopsy was carried out.

The man was wearing blue jeans, held up with a piece of white electrical cable, and a green jumper.

He was described as a Maori or Polynesian in his teens or 20s of average build with short black hair.

Several residents in the street said they were unaware of the police presence overnight and were shocked to hear of the homicide.

An elderly woman who lives on Hillside Rd said she was saddened to hear of the death.

"I have been living here for 22 years and have never heard of any trouble like this."

Police ask anyone with information to call them on 09 259 1261 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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