Accelerant used to burn body, police say

Last updated 11:36 01/02/2013
Body in Kingseat

INVESTIGATION: Police and fire crews in Kingseat, Auckland, where a body was found.

Burnt body found

Relevant offers


Two escape after truck plunges into Nelson river Air Force rescues Dutch tourist stranded on Mt Taranaki and drops him at his car Stacey Kirk: tension still boils below the surface but cooler heads prevailing between New Zealand and Fiji Labrador once again named most popular dog breed across NZ Congestion eases after motorway crash casues traffic chaos north of Wellington Fiji Prime Minister extends personal invitation to banned TV journo Barbara Dreaver John Shuttleworth farewelled at Waharoa Aerodrome Cambridge locals barking mad at MP's response to dog breed law questions Seven fire crews attend large recycling centre blaze in south Auckland Labour Weekend traffic hampered by crashes, Wellington worst hit

An accelerant was used to burn a body found by a dog walker in rural South Auckland yesterday.

The man's body was found about 5m off the side of the northern end of McRobbie Rd in Kingseat after a scrub fire was reported at 6.30am.

Police are keeping an open mind as to whether the death was self inflicted or the result of a homicide.

An autopsy completed yesterday revealed the body was that of a man aged between 15 and 30, weighing between 75kg and 90kg and between 178cm and 193cm tall.

His dental records showed he had no fillings. The man's ethnicity could not be established.

Detective Inspector Dave Lynch said the focus of the investigation was identifying the victim.

"Police are keeping an open mind around the manner of death, however identifying the victim is likely to give the investigation direction around whether the death was self inflicted or the result of a homicide."

Yesterday word among neighbours was that the dead man was a former resident in the area but police could not confirm that.

Mary Clarke, who lives on the street the body was found, said she smelled smoke early in the morning but thought nothing of it.

She was shocked something like that could happen in the quiet, rural street. 

Police urged people to come forward if they had any information about the incident.

Ad Feedback

- Auckland Now

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content