An elderly Chinese couple found dead in their Hawke's Bay
motel room are believed to have died from natural causes,
Louis Yun Kau Ng, 78, and his wife Chiu Ngor Ng, 81 were
holidaying with their son and daughter-in-law when their
bodies were discovered by family members at Deco City Motor
Lodge, Napier on Wednesday night.
The couple, who were of Chinese descent, had lived in
Auckland for many years, police said.
Detective senior sergeant Dave de Lange said preliminary post
mortem results indicated the couple died from natural causes,
and their deaths would be referred to the coroner.
Cordons were lifted last night at a floor room and stairwell.
The scene was guarded for most of the day yesterday until
"We're all done and dusted here - we're just getting a
specialist down to look at something and then we'll be
leaving," detective sergeant Mark Moorhouse said yesterday
Police spokeswoman Kris McGehan confirmed the pair were
deceased when emergency services arrived.
St John Ambulance operations manager Stephen Smith said two
ambulances had been sent. "We did attend and provide medical
care but it's a police matter now."
Mr Moorhouse said a preliminary examination did not indicate
that weapons or trauma were involved.
Toxicology tests could take up to two weeks to be returned.
Deco City Motor Lodge owner Clinton Green told Hawke's Bay
Today the couple were "really nice" people and that the son
and his wife had been staying at the motel, where Victim
Support contacted them.
He said early yesterday 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, so
I won't be making any comment".
It is understood the pair left the motel and returned to
Auckland yesterday afternoon.
Mr Green said the police had been "caring and respectful of
Guests remained at the motel on Wednesday and Thursday
nights, with some being questioned.
- Anna Ferrick and Amy Shanks of Hawke's Bay Today and