Israel Jack. Photo from NZ Police
Rotorua police have released the last images of Israel
Jack as they try to piece together his final movements.
Mr Jack, known to his family and friends as Issy, was killed
in the early hours of August 18 on Te Ngae Rd.
Police have spoken to the drivers of two cars known to have
hit the 20-year-old but want to know why he was lying on the
road and how he reached that spot.
Rotorua police head of CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Zane
Smith said there was a "crucial" timeline question they
believe the community can help to answer.
Mr Jack was at the Caltext Service Station on Te Ngae Rd at
approximately 4.20am. The call to report he had been hit by a
car was made to emergency services at approximately 4.25am.
"In that time Mr Jack has covered a distance just shy of
1.4km," Mr Smith said.
"It is really important that we gather as much information
about Mr Jack's movements along that stretch of road so that
we can establish without doubt how he covered that distance
and how he came to be lying in the road when he was struck by
the two vehicles."
Police hope the CCTV images from the service station may jog
the memories of those who may have been on the road at the
time as they show the distinctive large white lettering on
the front and back of his T-shirt.
They want to hear from anyone who saw Mr Jack who hasn't yet
spoken with police, or has any information that may assist
the ongoing enquiries. Police also want to hear from anyone
who was travelling along Te Ngae Rd who saw anything that
might be relevant.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Rotorua Police on
07 348 0099. Alternatively information can be provided
anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
- By Alison King of the Daily Post