Woman likely knew killer: police

A young Ashburton mother found in a pool of blood in her home was probably killed by someone who knew her, police say.

Detective Senior Sergeant John Rae said all the evidence to date indicated the attack on Sina Solomona, 22 was not random.

"We do not believe there is any heightened risk to the community," he said.

A post-mortem examination on Ms Solomona was completed this morning.

"As yet we have not received the pathologists' report, and we are not in a position to comment on any results from the post-mortem," Mr Rae said.

Ms Solomona was found by her stepbrother on the ground near the back door of her Ashburton home early on Saturday.

The forensic examination of the Cass St property was expected to be finished late today or tomorrow.

A weapon had been found near the property but police would not give details or say whether it was used on Ms Solomona.

A specialist search team was continuing to comb the area around the property and neighbouring properties, searching for items that may be related to Ms Solomona's death, Mr Rae said.

Investigators would also be searching rubbish bins for any items that might have been thrown away.

Police were continuing to speak with people who knew Ms Solomona and people who had come forward with information.

"We are continuing to ask for the public's assistance," Mr Rae said.

"We particularly want to hear from anyone who has seen anything unusual in the vicinity of Cass St early on Saturday morning, or who has any other information about the incident."

Ms Solomona finished work at Canterbury Meat Packers early on Saturday morning and was taken home about 2.30am by her brother-in-law.

Her stepbrother found her body at 2.45am.

 

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