Police work within the cordon on Pilkington Road after the
body of a male was found dead in the early hours of new
years day. Photo by Greg Bowker
A 27-year old found dead outside an Auckland address
yesterday morning died a "violent death", police say.
A homicide investigation, Operation Terri, has been launched
after the man was found dead in Panmure's Pilkington Road
shortly after 4am by a woman.
A post mortem has concluded the man died a violent death,
Detective Inspector Mark Benefield told Radio New Zealand.
"There's only one person we believe is involved in the
incident from what we can glean from the witnesses and we're
working hard to identify that person," he said.
But police were refusing to say much more.
Mr Benefield confirmed that a weapon was used in the
incident, which had not yet been found.
The victim had recently lived in Papatoetoe, South Auckland,
police believe and it was expected his name would be released
A woman phoned police about 4am yesterday after finding the
man on the street.
"We have spoken to a woman ... who initially saw the deceased
and went to his assistance, but he was deceased at the time,"
Mr Benefield said.
Several New Year's Eve parties took place on the street that
evening, but it was unclear whether the 27-year old had
attended any of them, he said.
"We're doing an area canvas [and] speaking to neighbours and
members of the public."
Pilkington street resident Daniel Taorei told APNZ he was
woken by shouting about 4am.
"I looked out the window and saw a fella walk across the road
and just collapse."
The people who live in the house outside where the body was
found were away, Mr Taorei said.
"It's usually a quiet street. Nothing like this has really