Homicide inquiry launched in Invercargill

Police have launched a homicide inquiry after a 38-year-old woman was found dead in an Invercargill hostel.

The woman's body was discovered in her room at the hostel on Tyne St about 10am today.

Inspector Olaf Jensen said police were speaking to a 30-year-old man who was taken to into custody this afternoon.

The man was known to the woman and was being interviewed in connection with the homicide.

The scene has been cordoned off and will remain under guard until a forensic examination is carried out tomorrow.

Mr Jensen said the investigation was in its early stages and no further details were available.