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Police are investigating the unexplained death of a middle-aged Bulls woman.
The woman was discovered mid-morning at a residential property by a family member who notified emergency services.
Manawatu Police Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan said the death was being treated as unexplained.
"Our priorities are to determine if there are any suspicious circumstances around the woman's death and speak to and support her family."
Police and Environmental Science and Research staff were conducting a scene examination at the property and officers were in the process of speaking to those close to the woman, Mr Sheridan said.
"A post-mortem will be undertaken and at this stage we are keeping an open mind and treating the woman's death as unexplained,"
No further information about the dead woman would be released until her next of kin has been notified and she has been formally identified, he said.