She had just found love, only to be gunned down - apparently by a jealous ex-lover.
Perky, sporty Aucklander Glenys Stanton has emerged as the woman at the centre of tragedy.
She and her new partner Trevor Waite were found shot dead on the bed of Waite's rural South Auckland home.
Today police confirmed her ex-partner, John Mowatt, ''a person of interest'' in the double murder, shot himself dead in a forest in rural North Auckland.
Superintendent John Tims would not say how long Stanton and Mowatt had been involved or when their relationship ended.
Waite, 51, and Stanton, 47, had only recently begun their relationship.
The couple had met through an outdoor enthusiasts website. A woman who knew Stanton and Waite through Meetup.com said they went on a trip to Taupo over Queen's Birthday Weekend to cycle the Timber Trail in Pureora Forest Park.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said the pair were "absolutely" in love."
As far as I knew, they were very much an item. They were spending time together, spending nights together," she said.
Stanton had also just recently started work as an Air New Zealand flight attendant. Her brother-in-law, John Kenyoun, said yesterday she was enjoying the new job.
He said Stanton was "beautiful inside and out ... and lived life to the full". But happiness was cut short.
Stanton and Waite were found dead at Waite's house in Opaheke, west of Papakura about 11am on Sunday by Waite's teenage daughter, Kelsey.
She left behind two adult children and three grandchildren.
Waite, who worked for insurance firm Vero for 15 years, left behind a family, including former wife Nicola, Kelsey and her younger siblings, Elliot and Claudia.
Police have not explicitly said that the ex-boyfriend was the murderer.
They have said: "There is still a lot of investigative work to be done to cement the evidence."
The circumstances of Mowatt's death would be subject to a full investigation and coroner's inquest.
But police had been seeking him and tracked down his Ford Falcon sedan after a friend of his contacted police saying the man was "distressed and unstable".
"Comments he made to friends inferred he was talking about the homicide at Ponga Rd [where Waite and Stanton's bodies were found]," Tims said.
Police found his black Ford Falcon parked in a remote area of the Woodhill Forest in West Auckland. Specialist police teams were sent to the area to find and help him.
Before Mowatt could be contacted on his cellphone, he shot himself in the forest, about 200m from his car.
Police did not fire shots.
Police said the man was "probably unaware" police stood 50 metres away.
Police recovered a firearm from the area. They are unable to say whether it was the same firearm used in the killing of Waite and Stanton.
The Independent Police Conduct Authority would be notified as was standard practice.
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