The discovery of a man's burned body at a Palmerston North
property is not being treated as a homicide by police.
The man, aged in his late 60s, was found at residential
property in Russell St on Friday evening. A woman in her
mid-30s, who was related to the man, was also found at the
house with stab wounds to her face and body.
Police said the pair were part of a large family who lived at
Police spokeswoman Sara Stavropoulos confirmed this afternoon
the matter was not being treated as a homicide investigation.
Relatives of the woman, who had undergone two rounds of
surgery for her injuries, were supporting her in hospital.
She was in a serious but stable condition, Ms Stavropoulos
"They are completely devastated with what has happened," she
A post mortem examination on the man's body, which was
removed from the house around noon yesterday, was performed
today. A scene examination was also performed.
It is understood children were in the property at the time of
Police were called to the family's Russell St house on Friday
evening after neighbours reported yelling.