Police want the public to help them trace the movements of the man charged with the murder of Edward Tahakura at Otaki Beach last week.
The body of Mr Tahakura, 24, of Huntly, was found by a member of the public on Otaki Beach on September 12.
A 24-year-old man, who has interim name suppression, was arrested on Friday night in connection with the death.
He is due to reappear in the Palmerston North District Court tomorrow.
Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan said police believed the accused had hitchhiked around the lower North Island, including through Palmerston North.
At least five people gave him a ride and police would like to hear from them, he said.
The man travelled from the Otaki area to Wellington on September 12, and then made his way up to Tokoroa.
''He has been hitchhiking in the Otaki area and has been given a ride from Te Horo in the early hours of the morning on the Thursday.''
He was picked up by a red truck carrying fruit from Te Horo and transported to the Wellington ferry terminal.
Police said he left the terminal and began hitchhiking north up the Ngauranga Gorge about 6am the same morning.
He was given a ride from there in a white truck or ute to Paraparaumu, before catching a ride to Otaki in a silver car.
He has then caught a ride from Otaki to Palmerston North in an unknown vehicle.
From Palmerston North he has got a ride in a blue BMW vehicle to Tokoroa.
''We don't know what he was wearing when he was hitchhiking, however he is described as being of Maori descent, of medium build, approximately 1.8 metres tall with closely shaven black hair.''
Anyone with information can contact Detective Dave Wilson on 06 351 3661.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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