Police have launched a homicide investigation following the
suspicious death of a young hairdresser in the sleepout of
her family's South Auckland home.
Alicia Jordana McCallion, 23, was last seen alive by family
members at 8.30pm on Tuesday at their Papakura home.
Less than 12 hours later her mother, Millie McCallion, found
her dead with unexplained injuries.
It is understood she was found lying on the floor by the door
of the sleepout, which is attached to the family's Cotton
Place home but has its own outside door.
Detective Inspector Mark Gutry today confirmed the death is a
"The female has sustained injuries that are likely to have
been caused by a sharp weapon which has not been located," he
"We would encourage anyone living in the area to check their
homes for any unusual items or property that maybe found and
contact Counties Manukau Police urgently if anything is
Police said a team of 25 officers working on the
investigation and a post-mortem is still being conducted.
The house was cordoned off yesterday and police had spoken to
neighbours. An officer at the scene told the Herald no one,
including Alicia's family, had heard anything from the
Police were speaking with Alicia's family, including her
father Peter and brother John, and her former partner Karl
Eddy, as part of the investigation.
Mr Eddy changed his Facebook status to "single" on Tuesday,
then wrote: "Why do most women all ways do this to me i work
hard trust a women neva hit a women i run around after them
but still not gud enuf even after my kids got atach to her as
Mr Gutry said yesterday the people spoken to by police were
not considered suspects.
They were speaking to officers as part of the investigation
to try to piece together Alicia's last hours. He said
speaking to those close to her, and reviewing Mr Eddy's
Facebook post, was part of the investigation.
He said she lived in the sleepout alone but could not say
whether there were any signs of forced entry.
"Her death at this stage is suspicious. We're in the very
early stages at the moment," he said.
"We are still working through the scene examination. Her
family is distraught and they are making statements to
No weapons or unusual items were found at the scene.
One woman, who has known the McCallion family since they
moved to Cotton Place about 20 years ago, was shocked when
police knocked on her door and told her what had happened.
"There was nothing happening around here in the lead-up to
this," she said. "They are a normal family, lovely."
Alicia grew up in Papakura, attending Opaheke School and