Woman drowns in bath at Spreydon, Christchurch property
Police are speaking to two men after a woman is believed to have drowned in a bath in her Christchurch home.
Emergency services were called to a flat on Gleig Place, in Spreydon, at 8.58am.
Two men, who lived at the flat, left the property with police and were being "spoken to".
Forensic investigators and detectives were at the flat, which is down a driveway.
Officers have spoken to neighbours. Police said the scene would be examined overnight. An autopsy would be carried out.
Police said the cause of death was unknown.
Senior Sergeant Jim Currie said at this stage it was being treated as a sudden death.
"We're working through it to see if the circumstances are suspicious," he said.
The age of the woman was not yet known, but she was understood to be middle aged.
The street is a state housing area.
A neighbour, who declined to be named, said police had been to the flat several times in recent months.
She described the woman who lived there as "frail".
Another neighbour spoke to the woman from time to time. She said the woman had lived there for about eight months.
She struggled with being alone, the neighbour said.
"She had really good days and some really bad days. She still had a big smile for people."
"I didn't really know her but you could see life had been difficult for her."
"We heard the sirens, looked out the window and knew with the heavy police presence that something terrible had happened."
"I think it's bloody tragic."
Police are in the process of contacting next of kin.