It's been nearly two months since random packages from France started turning up in the mailboxes of bemused West Coasters, but the source still remains a mystery.
Despite a joint-agency approach involving police, New Zealand Post and customs, the origin of the mystery packages is no clearer today than it was in early May, police intelligence support officer Sam Meldrum said.
News that packages containing hair dryers, hair clips, money and thank you notes were sent from Paris to the West Coast made international headlines in May.
As much as they intrigued the recipients, the world was also baffled by the parcels and their contents.
All were sent from Paris to people in the Greymouth and Hokitika areas and included thank you notes, hairdryers, hair clips and cash.
One woman received two parcels, but she, along with the others, had no idea who sent them.
They all contained either NZ$100 or 100 euros.
While investigators are no closer to finding the source of the mystery packages than they were two months ago, Meldrum confirmed one of the original recipients had received a fifth package about 5 weeks ago.
Her second parcel contained two 50 euro notes, and about four catering books.
The packages had been tested for drugs, but all appeared to be clean, Meldrum said.
Authorities had discovered the addresses were false, and the area in Paris which they were reportedly sent from was an industrial area.
There were no other clues to help with the investigation, Meldrum said.
"We're just in the middle of nowhere at the moment."
The investigation has ended but the case remains open.
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