Police seeking help with murder accused
Police are appealing to the public for help in tracing the movements of the 24-year-old charged with the murder of Huntly man Edward Tahakura, whose body was found on Otaki Beach last week.
Police believe the accused hitchhiked on September 12 from the Otaki area to Wellington, and from there made his way to Tokoroa, Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan said.
"He has been hitchhiking in the Otaki area and has been given a ride from Te Horo in the early hours of the morning on the Thursday."
Inquiries revealed the man was picked up by a red truck carrying fruit from Te Horo and transported through to the Wellington ferry terminal.
Police understand at around 6am that day he left the terminal and hitchhiked north up the Ngauranga Gorge. He was given a ride in a white truck or ute to Paraparaumu, before catching a ride to Otaki in a silver car.
He then caught a ride from Otaki to Palmerston North in an unknown vehicle. From Palmerston North he got a ride in a blue BMW to Tokoroa.
He is described as being Maori, of medium build, approximately 1.8 metres tall with closely shaven black hair.
Police are "very keen" to hear from the five people who gave the man a ride. They are urged to contact Detective Dave Wilson on (06) 351 3661.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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