The discovery yesterday of an elderly woman's body in a
Featherston house prompted a full-scale police investigation.
But police later confirmed they were not treating the
incident as a homicide "at the moment".
Wairarapa area commander Brent Register said although the
70-year-old's death was not being treated as a homicide,
initial inquiries had revealed circumstances which were "of
concern to police".
He said the case was being treated "cautiously" as a sudden
The dead woman was found yesterday morning by a man friend
who visited her home after not being able to contact her for
Mr Register said the last time the woman was seen was by a
neighbour last Thursday.
A neighbour told the Times-Age the woman lived alone and had
been in the Harrison St home for at least eight years.
She was a "nice lady who always waves out".
Police secured the woman's property and began a detailed
examination but have not named her.
A post-mortem examination was due to begin this morning.
- Wairarapa Times-Age