The armed offenders squad accompanied police today as
they issued two search warrants as part of an investigation
into the murder of an Otago farm worker.
Justin McFarlane, 35, was found dead in his home in rural
Elderslie, about 10 kilometres from Oamaru, in the early
hours of Wednesday morning.
The murder investigation is focussing on establishing the
recent movements of Mr McFarlane and the events leading up to
his death, as well as interviewing a number of people with
connections to him.
Police did not reveal details of the warrants, other than to
say they were in the Oamaru area.
They said the AOS joined them as a precaution.
A post mortem examination has now taken place, but police
said the findings would not be released until they had been
confirmed with the pathologist.
A scene examination has continued at Mr McFarlane's Pine Hill
home, where a number of items of interest have been found,
Acting Detective Inspector Colin Blackie, of Southern police,
Mr Blackie repeated an earlier call for sightings of a grey
Nissan Skyline car involved in a short police pursuit in the
early hours of Wednesday morning on State Highway 1 south of
Police, who have now impounded the car, believe it may be
linked to Mr McFarlane's death after it was spotted
travelling in the general direction of Elderslie.
Steven Kenneth Boskell, 18, of Palmerston appeared before
Dunedin District Court on Friday charged with his murder.
Meanwhile, a 26-year-old woman police spoke to in connection
with Mr McFarlane's death has been arrested on an unrelated
assault charge, and will appear in Oamaru District Court in
- By Patrice Dougan of APNZ