Fresh lead in homicide case
Police are asking for the public's help to find a suspected homicide victim's missing dog, which they believe will help solve the Manawatu murder case.
Officers searching for clues into the suspected homicide of Whanganui man Whetu Hansen are eager to locate Mr Hansen's mixed-breed dog Henry who is believed to have been with him at the time of his disappearance.
Hansen was last seen on November 24, and police launched a missing persons inquiry on December 2.
A property on Akers Rd, Linton, has been the focal point of the investigation, which was elevated to a homicide inquiry in mid-December.
His body has yet to be found.
Detective Senior Sergeant Simon Harrison, officer in charge of the homicide inquiry, said Hansen normally took Henry with him when he went out and had mostly tethered the dog in the back of the primer-coloured Ford ute that he drove.
"From our inquires no-one has seen Henry since Mr Hansen has disappeared and the dog's whereabouts may play an important role in shedding more light on Mr Hansen's location," Mr Harrison said.
Henry is described as a mixed breed dog, of medium build and height, and his fur is reddish brown.
"If anyone has seen Henry or may have any information regarding his whereabouts we ask that they contact police."
Mr Harrison said 12 officers made up of staff from Manawatu, Whanganui, and Taranaki were currently working on the inquiry.
"We are focused on returning Mr Hansen to his family and we remain in regular contact with them and continue to support them during this difficult and emotionally draining time," he said.
The search at the Linton property was completed on December 20 and there was no longer a police presence at the property.
Investigators remained interested in sighting of vehicles relating to the case.
"I want to take this opportunity to also renew our requests for sightings of both vehicles of interest to this inquiry; the primer coloured Ford ute that Mr Hansen drove and also the 1981 mint green Mitsubishi wooden flat deck ute.
"I encourage anyone that has any information about these vehicles or saw them between the 23rd of November 2013 to the 5th of December 2013 to contact police."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Dave Wilson (06) 213 9595. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.