Cop taunting mobster dead

TRACEY CHATTERTON
Last updated 16:02 12/08/2014
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A Mongrel Mob member who once taunted police on Facebook while on the run has died.

Dion Alexander John Lange, 44, was found dead by ambulance staff at his Napier home on Sunday afternoon.

Police are investigating the unexplained death.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave de Lange said the initial autopsy results were inconclusive.

"We are still treating the death as unexplained and are now waiting on the results of some toxicology tests that will hopefully help us determine how Mr Lange died."

Police have completed a scene examination of the Onekawa house where Lange was found and have also spoken to people who had been in recent contact with him.

It could take a few weeks for the tests to be confirmed.

Lange was well known to police.

He eluded them for more than three weeks in 2012 after a high-speed police chase through Napier.

Lange sped through a highly populated area at 100kmh, rammed a police car and fled down an alleyway.

While on the run he posted pictures of himself holding firearms and wrote "Catch me if you can" on Facebook.

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