Man charged with killing woman

A 31-year-old man has been charged with murder after a woman was found dead in Invercargill on Sunday.

The man appeared in the Invercargill District Court yesterday and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on December 10.

His name was suppressed.

Police had been looking for the man after the death of a 22-year-old woman whose body was found at a motel in Invercargill.

They had earlier warned the man was considered dangerous and should not be approached.

A homicide inquiry began after the woman's body was found at the Bavarian Motel in Waikiwi at 11am on Sunday.

It was understood the victim had recently become a mother.

Police wanted to speak to anyone who had witnessed any unusual activity or suspicious vehicles in the Fosbender Park and Oreti River areas, near Dunns Rd.

Inspector Mike Bowman, of Invercargill, confirmed police found ''items of interest'' in the Oreti River in Fosbender Park.

''We have found some items of interest in the Fosbender Park river near the bank.

''We're looking for any information from anybody who saw someone disposing of an item in the river between 9pm Saturday and 9am Sunday morning.''

They wanted to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area between Weka St and West Plains Rd, between 9pm on Saturday and 9am Sunday.

A motel staff member told The
New Zealand Herald that she was shocked to learn a body had been found there.

The room had been booked by a guest, but she would not provide any further details, citing privacy.

Police were speaking to witnesses and support was being provided to the dead woman's family, Insp Bowman said.

• Police 105 or Crimestoppers 0800555-111.






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