Police have exhumed the body of Israel Jack, who died
after being hit by a car on Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua.
Head of Rotorua CIB, Detective Senior Sergeant Zane Smith
said it was done to allow further tests to be carried out.
Mr Jack, 20, died on August 18, around 4.25am. He was hit by
two cars but police are investigating how he became to be
lying on the road.
The investigation was featured on Police Ten 7 last month.
"The investigation is progressing and in order not to
jeopardise its progression I can't be drawn on any of the
details," Mr Smith said of the exhumation.
"Police are continuing to treat Mr Jack's death as suspicious
but any hearsay about the nature of his injuries is
uninformed speculation and unhelpful to the investigation.
"I can confirm that due to growing concerns in the days
following Mr Jack's death, his body was exhumed for further
tests with the agreement of his family and iwi and then
returned to his family.
"Out of respect for Mr Jack's family we will be making no
further comment about the exhumation."