Sina Solomona. Photo / Supplied
A 22-year-old woman who was found dead at her Ashburton
home yesterday morning suffered traumatic head injuries, police
Sina Nerisa Solomona, a mother of one, was pronounced dead by
medics at her house in Cass St, Ashburton.
Police today revealed she had suffered traumatic head
They were still making inquiries to establish her movements
in the hours leading up to her death, and were talking to
people she knew.
A post-mortem examination would be carried out tomorrow.
Solomona, from Porirua, had recently moved into the home with
her family and worked at Canterbury Meat Packers.
She is survived by her young daughter Kaira.
Friends of Solomona have poured out their grief on social
Jason King wrote: "A beautiful soul taken way too early. To
have seen you only a short time before you were taken and
then no more. A tragedy that breaks my heart."
And another friend, Kate Moses, posted: "What a sad and
tragic day for everyone blessed to have known Sina. She had a
great and funny personality and you always knew where you
stood with her. Prays and thoughts for all her family,
daughter and friends Kia Kaha."
The South Canterbury town was rife with rumours after the
house was placed under police guard. Four forensic officers
were at the property yesterday and a crime scene
investigation caravan was parked across the road.
A neighbour, who declined to be named, said there was a heavy
police presence at the house.
"There was police everywhere and a crime caravan was set up
so I knew something serious had happened," the neighbour
"There were lots of rumours doing the rounds that someone had
died and later there was speculation it was something more
sinister, it was a murder," the neighbour said.
"It would be very unusual for something like that to happen
in a small town like Ashburton, which makes it all pretty
Senior Sergeant Grant Russell said police were still trying
to establish a cause of death.
"We are making enquiries into the circumstances surrounding
her death and would like to hear from anybody who may have
information that will assist the enquiry," the spokesman