Police dig for answers
A team of 30 police officers will delve into the background of slain Paeroa pizza shop man Jordan Voudouris as the investigation into his killing enters its third week.
The man in charge of the investigation, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Whitehead, said they were now going over statements and profiling Mr Voudouris to try to piece together why he was killed, and by whom.
But the investigation would not be a swift one, he said.
"That is the nature of these investigations, when scene examinations have been completed and witness statements taken the time consuming and painstaking process of piecing it all together begins,'' he said.
That involved a profile of 55-year-old Mr Voudouris to better understand his habits and routines, Mr Whitehead said.
"Friends, employees and patrons were able to assist us with this and we are now awaiting results of forensic examinations taken at the scene to help us build up a picture of what, if anything can be identified as out of the normal,'' he said.
"This forensic evidence, combined with statements taken from a variety of people may prove vital to catching the offender and solving this homicide which is why our staff review all data gathered and then go through it again.''
Mr Whitehead said during the course of the investigation police had spoken to dozens of people and investigators wanted to thank the local community for their continuing support.
"Our priority remains identifying those responsible for Jordan's murder and we remain steadfastly committed to this and the public can play their part in assisting us.
"While the phase we are now in can be time consuming the public can help. Anyone who may have been in the area of Paeroa's Mykonos Pizza store between 10pm on Sunday the 17th of June and 6am on Monday the 18th, who hasn't already spoken to Police, is asked to make contact with us, your information could make all the difference.''
The investigation team can be contacted at the Paeroa Police Station on 07 862 8744.
Alternatively information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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