Victim's day before death a mystery

MARY DONNELLY: Found dead in her flat by family members.
MARY DONNELLY: Found dead in her flat by family members.

The movements of homicide victim Mary Donnelly for more than 24-hours leading to her death remain a mystery.

Police opened a homicide investigation on Monday after the 38-year-old's body was discovered in her Ebdentown St, Upper Hutt flat by family members about 10:15pm last Thursday.

A post-mortem showed she died from injuries.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton, of the Hutt Valley CIB, said police had completed the scene examination and  continued to piece together Ms Donnelly's movements before her death.

Despite a number of calls, the last place she was seen was in Lower Hutt about 4pm on Wednesday. Her family found her body the following evening.

"We are still appealing to anyone who saw Mary at any time last Wednesday afternoon or Thursday, to contact us. We'd still like to speak to any of Mary's friends and acquaintances or shop keepers who may have seen or spoken to Mary prior to her death."

Anyone with information can contact the Operation Town investigation team on (04) 560 4961 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Dominion Post