LATEST: Police say the woman found dead in a carpark on the outskirts of New Plymouth yesterday had been killed in a hit and run about 10km away.
A 27-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter following the discovery of the body at the Meeting of the Waters on State Highway 3 near Waiwhakaiho Rd about 2.30pm.
Mother of two, Anne Elizabeth McCullough, 45, is believed to have been hit and killed by a purple, 1987 Holden Commodore Saloon, before being transported to the carpark.
Detective senior sergeant Grant Coward said McCullough had been out running on upper Frankley Rd sometime between 1pm and 2pm when the incident happened.
''She was out running at where we believe to be Frankley Rd about 300 metres short of Pouakai Zoo, at the intersection of Pouakai and Carrington Rd.''
Mr Coward said police's main focus was now on the vehicle.
''The thing for us at the moment, which is critical, is this vehicle.
"We are appealing to the public for sightings of that distinctive vehicle at any stage yesterday, but in particular, the upper Frankley Rd, Carrington Rd, Baker Rd, Mangorei Rd, Junction Rd and the Meeting of the Waters.''
The Meeting of the Waters remains cordoned off while forensic scientists conduct a scene examination.
A section of Frankley Rd is also under cordon while the Central Districts Serious Crash Unit examine what is believed to be the scene of the accident.
''It's just an absolute tragedy,'' Mr Coward said.
The man will appear in the New Plymouth District Court tomorrow.
If anyone has any information contact New Plymouth Police on 06 7599456.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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