Police have impounded a vehicle for forensic and electrical
testing from a logging site in the Manuka Gorge area, after
the death of a 7-year-old boy.
The boy has been named as Jonathan James Kerr, of Milton.
Detective Sergeant Brett Roberts said the fatality of Friday
was not as the result of a logging accident.
The testing of the vehicle might take ''several days'', Det
Sgt Roberts said on Saturday.
The family had requested privacy, he added.
The cause of death would not be released by police as the
matter had become a coroner's inquiry.
Emergency services from the Balclutha, Milton and Dunedin
areas were called to Nugget Stream Rd about 5.15pm on Friday
to find the boy, who was not breathing.
A resident in the area said he had heard a person had died
after part of their upper body had been caught in an
electrically operated vehicle window.
An ambulance spokeswoman said attempts were made to revive
the boy on arrival, but they were unsuccessful.
A combined investigation involving police and WorkSafe New
Zealand has been launched.