The scene at Deco City Motor Lodge on Kennedy Road in
Napier. Photo / Hawkes Bay Today
It may be a fortnight before it's known what caused the
deaths of an elderly Chinese couple, whose bodies were found in
a Napier motel room.
Hawke's Bay Police are investigating the deaths of the
holidaying Auckland pair - aged 73 and 74 - found dead late
by relatives on Wednesday night.
Emergency services were called to the motel about 9.45pm.
The couple are Chinese but have lived in Auckland for many
They were visiting Napier while travelling around New Zealand
with their adult son and his wife, who today are said to be
holding up "as well as can be expected" given the
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave de Lange said there was no
indication at this stage how the couple died.
A post mortem examination was carried out today, and a police
spokeswoman said the results won't be known for "a couple of
Mr de Lange said police will be "keeping an open mind" as to
how they died.
A scene examination was completed this afternoon and police
have spoken to the couple's son and his wife, as well as
other people who were at the motel.
"It may take some time to establish the cause of death and
until we get further information from the post mortem,
including toxicology test results, we cannot confirm what
direction this investigation will take," Mr de Lange said.
The police spokeswoman added that the couple's son and
daughter-in-law are still in Napier and "understandably very
upset by it all". They have been offered help by Victim
Deco City Motor Lodge owner Clinton Green told Hawke's Bay
Today the son and his wife were still staying at the motel.
They were holding up "as well as can be expected" given the
circumstances, but he did not want to comment further "for
the family - and they're still here - and so I won't be
making any comment".
When told police could not yet confirm what direction their
investigation was taking, he said: "I'd have to back that up.
I think they're going along the right track. Any comments
that could jeopardise something further ... I don't want to
Police say the couple's names will not be released until all
family have been notified.
- By APNZ & Corey Charlton of Hawke's Bay Today