Police are conducting luminol testing in an Auckland park this evening as they hunt for clues in the fatal stabbing of a homeless man.
Steven Harris, 54, was assaulted in Myers Park between 11.20pm and 11.30pm and was found by passersby with wounds to his upper body. He was taken to Auckland City Hospital but died soon after.
The incident happened at the northern end of the park, in an area beneath the Mayoral Drive overbridge.
Police are still at the scene and this evening will carry out luminol testing to detect blood around a specific area of interest under the bridge.
The Specialist Search Group will be at Myers Park again in the morning in the hope of locating the weapon used against Harris.
"Several items of interest have been recovered from the wider scene today and our objective tonight is to firm up on the attack scene and locate evidence that is not immediately obvious to the naked eye," said acting detective inspector John Sutton.
The incident was the second fatal attack on a homeless person in the central city in the past three months but police said there was no suggestion that homeless people were being targeted.
Police had obtained CCTV footage which showed a man of interest leaving the park and heading to Queen St shortly after the attack, Sutton said.
The man was described as medium build, short, wearing a white hat, cream top and black or dark coloured jeans.
Police would be speaking to business and apartment owners in the area to see if there was other CCTV footage of the attack and officers were still keen to hear from people who were in the park at the time, including two Asian men and an Asian woman, Sutton said.
He said Harris, who had been living with a friend in Epsom for the past month but before that was homeless, was still to be formally identified.
"I am confident that last night's attack is totally unrelated to the July 31 fatal attack on 42-year-old Edwin John Linder in Mills Lane," he said.
Linder died on August 3 and a person has been charged in relation to his death.
In October last year, the park was the scene of another violent attack where a man was slashed from his temple to his jaw.
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