Photo Craig Baxter
A boy out on a quiet street in his pyjamas, ''hysterical
and upset'', alerted neighbours yesterday to an unexplained
A woman's body was found in a Burnett St house in the Dunedin
suburb of Calton Hill yesterday morning.
Neighbours said the woman, believed to be aged in her early
40s, was ''quiet'' and kept to herself.
An intellectually disabled boy, thought to be her son, was
led away from the house by family members in only his pyjamas
and socks after emergency services arrived at the address.
A neighbour said she had noticed the boy ''hysterical and
upset'' outside the house.''
He came out in his pyjamas and was upset and pointing to the
house,'' the neighbour said.
Neighbours of the woman said they believed she, the boy and a
black dog had lived in the house for about three or four
The family ''seemed like nice, quiet people'', a neighbour
''She just seemed to keep to herself,'' she said.
''Sometimes, she would scooter down [the street] with her son
Police were called to the house about noon, Dunedin Clutha
Waitaki relieving area commander Inspector Jason Guthrie
The death was being treated as unexplained, but police were
not looking for anybody else in connection with it, he said.
Sara Cohen School principal Raewyn Alexander confirmed the
boy was a pupil at the school.
Police said it appeared the body had been at the house for
some time, but Mrs Alexander said a Sara Cohen staff member
had spoken to the woman on Tuesday.
The woman was ''unwell'', she said.
''We will support that young man as much as we can,'' Mrs
''Our support will be there for whatever is needed for him.''
Washing was still hanging on the clothesline at the house
yesterday and mail could be seen in the letterbox.
Neighbours spoken to by the Otago Daily Times did not know
the names of the woman or the boy and said they had not seen
the pair since the weekend.
The woman's dog was taken away in a Dunedin City Council
animal control van mid-afternoon before it was returned a
short time later to family and friends who had gathered
outside the house.
Police declined to release any other details about the
woman's death. A post-mortem was under way this morning.