Waimate death site blessed
The site where the body of Czech hitch-hiker Dagmar Pytlickova was found has been blessed.
The body of Pytlickova, known as Dasha, 31, was found in a rugged forest area near Waimate last month.
A ceremony was held in a small clearing in the forest about midday yesterday.
The ceremony, which was led by representatives of the local iwi and a minister, combined elements of recognising the tragic events that had occurred there, lifting the Tapu and blessing the area.
Police, representatives from Blakeley Pacific Forestry and owners of the property attended the ceremony.
Two nearby landowners laid flowers for Pytlickova on behalf of the local community.
Pytlickova was found close to the body of Jason Frandi, 43, who police believe killed her and then himself.
Initial autopsy findings were that Pytlickova, who had been in New Zealand for five months, had her throat cut.
She was also likely to have been sexually assaulted, Detective Inspector Greg Williams said.
Police said investigators are focused on establishing their respective movements on May 26.
Work on the investigation is expected to continue for some weeks before the file is forwarded to the coroner who will make a final determination on the deaths.