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Detective Inspector Dave Lynch talking to media about Jindarat Prutsiriporn's death.

The Thai woman who died after falling, bound and gagged, from a car in south Auckland had served jail time in New Zealand for drugs offences.

Jindarat Prutsiriporn, 50, was found after escaping from the boot of a car as it drove through suburban Papatoetoe in Auckland on Tuesday night. She was suffering head injuries and never regained consciousness.

In September 2011, she was sentenced to 18 months in jail for her role in a drugs importing conspiracy, Hawke's Bay Today reported at the time.

Jindarat Prutsiriporn's death is being treated as a homicide.
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Jindarat Prutsiriporn's death is being treated as a homicide.

She pleaded guilty to conspiring to import the methamphetamine precursor pseudoephedrine, after more than 70g of meth and quantities of cannabis were found in a Napier house in November 2009. She and two others were arrested and subsequently convicted.

READ MORE: Tied-up woman who jumped from car in Papatoetoe identified

Police named Prutsiriporn on Thursday, and said her death was being investigated as a homicide.

Police investigating the scene on Tuesday night.
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Police investigating the scene on Tuesday night.

They also said she had "a couple of sons" in Auckland, and had some involvement with organised crime in the city. 

Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said on Thursday afternoon that a team of 17 police officers were continuing to assess information being received from the public.

"She was kidnapped - the way to unravelling what happened is, why she was kidnapped, and who was involved."

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A major police operation was launched on Tuesday after a tied-up woman jumped from a car in Papatoetoe.

A major police operation was launched on Tuesday after a tied-up woman jumped from a car in Papatoetoe.

A major police operation was launched on Tuesday after a tied-up woman jumped from a car in Papatoetoe.

A major police operation was launched on Tuesday after a tied-up woman jumped from a car in Papatoetoe.

A major police operation was launched on Tuesday after a tied-up woman jumped from a car in Papatoetoe.

A major police operation was launched on Tuesday after a tied-up woman jumped from a car in Papatoetoe.

A major police operation was launched on Tuesday after a tied-up woman jumped from a car in Papatoetoe.

A major police operation was launched on Tuesday after a tied-up woman jumped from a car in Papatoetoe.

Papatoetoe residents look on as police investigate the scene of where a woman was thrown from her car.

A major police operation was launched on Tuesday after a tied-up woman jumped from a car in Papatoetoe.

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Police said at least one of the serious head injuries Jindarat sustained was likely to have been inflicted before she fell from the car. 

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"We are still appealing for sightings of a late model silver vehicle in Papatoetoe and surrounding areas on the evening of 1 March 2016."

Lynch said police had received several conflicting reports of the travel route of the sedan, and were trying to work through these to determine which were relevant. 

Huia Rd remained cordoned off for part of Wednesday.
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Huia Rd remained cordoned off for part of Wednesday.

A Middlemore Hospital spokeswoman said Prutsiriporn died just after 11pm on Wednesday.

She was found with life-threatening head injuries after managing to "propel herself" from a vehicle while it was driving on Huia Rd in Papatoetoe about 7pm on Tuesday.

Witnesses said her arms, legs and neck were tied, her mouth was gagged and she was bleeding. 

Papatoetoe residents looked on as police investigated shortly after the incident.
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Papatoetoe residents looked on as police investigated shortly after the incident.

Huia Rd resident Rikki Howard said the incident happened right outside her house.

She arrived home at 7.15pm, just minutes after the woman escaped the car, and said she was terrified to later learn what had happened.

"I'm a bit dumbfounded that it happened right outside our driveway," she said.

Police released this photo of the woman's tattoo.
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Police released this photo of the woman's tattoo.

"It's terrifying."

Police want anyone who may have information to call the Counties Manukau Crime Squad on (09) 261 1321.

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