Woman may hold answer to death-metal murder

MATHEW HALL: Found stabbed to death in his Johnsonville home. Police are looking for the  knife they think was used to kill him.
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MATHEW HALL: Found stabbed to death in his Johnsonville home. Police are looking for the knife they think was used to kill him.
CELLPHONE: Police are keen to find Timothy Parlane's cellphone, and have provided a picture of a similar item.
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CELLPHONE: Police are keen to find Timothy Parlane's cellphone, and have provided a picture of a similar item.
MEMORY JOGGER: Police are keen to find Timothy Parlane's shoulder bag, and have provided a picture of a similar item.
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MEMORY JOGGER: Police are keen to find Timothy Parlane's shoulder bag, and have provided a picture of a similar item.
HAVE YOU SEEN IT?: Timothy Parlane's car, a Nissan Primera.
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HAVE YOU SEEN IT?: Timothy Parlane's car, a Nissan Primera.
HAVE YOU SEEN IT?: Timothy Parlane's car, a Nissan Primera.
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HAVE YOU SEEN IT?: Timothy Parlane's car, a Nissan Primera.

Police are still looking for a mystery woman they believe may hold the key to solving the grisly murder of Wellington man Matthew Hall.

Detectives want to speak to the woman, who visited a "person of interest" in the case – Petone man Timothy Parlane – the night before Wellington death-metal singer Matthew Hall was murdered.

Parlane, also a death-metal singer, was hit and killed by a train near Kaiwharawhara on March 5, before police had finished questioning him.

VICTIM: Matthew Hall, 35, was stabbed multiple times with a large serrated knife while in bed at his Johnsonville home on February 15.
VICTIM: Matthew Hall, 35, was stabbed multiple times with a large serrated knife while in bed at his Johnsonville home on February 15.

Police are now trying to pinpoint Parlane's movements in the days before Hall died.

Hall, 35, the lead singer in Wellington death-metal group Backyard Burial, was stabbed to death while asleep at his Broderick Rd home in Johnsonville on February 15.

His body was found by his flatmate. Police are yet to find the murder weapon, believed to be a large knife, and no arrests have been made.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Thornton, issued a picture of Parlane yesterday in the hope members of the public would come forward with information about him and the mystery woman.

"We are aware that a woman visited Mr Parlane at his Petone address on the night of Valentines Day at around 11pm. We want to know who this woman was and urge her to contact us," Thornton said.

Police spokeswoman Victoria Davis said today police had received a few calls and emails today about the woman sought, but no major leads.

"We're still looking for any sightings or anyone with any information to come forward."

Thornton yesterday asked the public to think whether they could identify the woman who visited Parlane. Thornton also issued photos showing items similar to Parlane's cellphone and shoulder bag, and an image of his car.

"We need sightings of him, we need sightings of the vehicle and we want to recover that property. It would significantly progress the investigation."

Parlane, 27, who was unemployed, lived in Ava St, Petone, and was known to shop in the Petone area. Although he was part of the Wellington death-metal scene, he was not a close friend of Hall.

He used to sing in the band Bulletbelt and "took his music very seriously", Thornton said. His death was not suspicious.

Thornton stressed Parlane was not the only person of interest to police and that the investigation was continuing.

Finding the knife was an important part of the case, he said. "If we find that knife, we find our killer."

Anyone with any information about the murder of Matthew Hall should phone 0508 BRODERICK or email OpBroderick@police.govt.nz.

- with NZPA

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