Police are treating the death of a young Ashburton mother who
was found in a pool of blood at her home as a homicide.
The decision to upgrade the inquiry into the death of
, 22, was made based
on evidence gathered so far, Detective Senior Sergeant John
Rae said today.
A weapon had been located at the Cass St scene but police
would not give further details or say whether it was used on
A post-mortem examination was still in progress late this
Enquiries had continued through the day, including a forensic
examination of the house and a ground search for items of
interest that may be related to the death.
Ms Solomona had tried to speak to her stepbrother when he
discovered her in a pool of blood on the ground near the back
door of her Ashburton home early on Saturday, Mr Rae said
"She appeared to be trying to speak to him. He needed to get
help urgently," Mr Rae told Radio New Zealand this morning.
With no phone at the house where Ms Solomona was found, the
stepbrother ran to get help.
Other family members came back to the house and tried to
revive Ms Solomona as ambulance staff gave advice on CPR over
Police and other emergency services eventually arrived at the
scene, where Ms Solomona was pronounced dead.
Mr Rae said investigating what happened to the young mother
"seems to be quite a puzzle".
"She worked at the freezing works, she liked a drink or two,
but there's no indication as to why this actually would have
happened," Mr Rae told Radio News Zealand this morning.
Ms Solomona worked at Canterbury Meat Packers and had
finished an afternoon shift about 1am on Saturday.
She went to a friend's place before ringing her twin sister's
partner who agreed to pick her up and drive her to her Cass
St home, where she lived with extended family.
Mr Rae said there did not appear to be anyone home, and Ms
Solomona's brother-in-law offered to go inside with her.
Ms Solomona said she was fine to go inside alone, and her
brother-in-law drove off.
There is a small window between when Ms Solomona arrived home
about 2.30am and when her stepbrother found her about 2.45am.
Police said she suffered severe head trauma.
Ms Solomona lived at the house with her mother Anuella, her
mother's partner, her 3-year-old daughter Kaira, her twin
sister Loretta, her sister's partner and her two brothers.