Mt Victoria death: woman named

Last updated 16:37 11/07/2012
Fairfax NZ

Police have named a Wellington woman whose body was found on Mt Victoria but say it could take six weeks to determine how she died.

Mt Victoria scene
Police near the scene of where a woman's body was found.
Sofia Helen Athanassiou
Sofia Helen Athanassiou

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Sofia Athanassiou spoke to friends early on Monday morning, but less than three hours later she was found dead on Mt Victoria.

The 39-year-old unemployed Newtown woman was found by a group of joggers about 11am off a running track near Alexandra Park, above Wellington Girls' East College.

She had suffered minor injuries but they had not contributed to her death, the cause of which remained a mystery, police say.

Results of an autopsy completed late yesterday were inconclusive and the results of further laboratory tests are up to six weeks away.

Drugs have not been ruled out as a factor in her death.

Police this afternoon released a photo of Athanassiou as they appealed for sightings of her before her body was discovered.

"At this stage the death is still unexplained," Detective Senior Sergeant Donna Howard, officer in charge of the investigation, said this afternoon.

"We don't have an exact reason why Sofia died or how she came to be where she was.

"In terms of her movements on the day, we are still trying to piece those together.

"We do know that she was with some friends at about 8.30am in the morning and we are still trying to sort out her movements from then on."

Howard would not reveal many details about Ms Athanassiou, but said mental illness was a "component in the police enquiry".

She had a home and some of her family lived in Wellington, Howard said.

"It's a very trying time for them. They are a very private family and we are just taking things slowly. We owe it to them to give them some answers."

Twelve investigators continued to work on the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Wellington police on 04 381 2000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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- The Dominion Post

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