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Police are now looking for shoes as inquiries continue into the murder of 41-year-old Cyrus Alupis in Greymouth early on Monday morning.
A 17-year-old boy was quickly apprehended within hours of the fatal stabbing, and appeared in the Greymouth District Court that night charged with murder. He was granted interim name suppression and remanded in custody without plea until August 21 to appear in the High Court at Christchurch.
Yesterday, police investigators were seen exploring the old quarry on the Greymouth side of the Cobden Bridge, as well as Sids Road at Coal Creek.
An ESR forensics team also completed an examination on Monday night at the corner of Lord and Tainui streets, directly opposite McDonald's, as well as at Cowper Street where Mr Alupis was found.
There are four sites of interest in the inquiry:
- The car park opposite McDonald's, in Tainui Street.
- Cowper Street, where Mr Alupis was found lying on the street. He died a short time later in nearby Grey Base Hospital.
- From the roundabout to the bottom of the Cobden Bridge, including Smith, Chapel and Willis streets.
- Sids Road at Coal Creek.
On Monday afternoon police staff searched vegetation along the roadside above Countdown and The Warehouse, and yesterday police said they had "an item of interest" but have not confirmed if it is the murder weapon.
Police have also yet to reveal if the car park is where the stabbing took place, about 2am on Monday. This morning a solitary vase of flowers had been placed in the car park.
Police also yesterday tracked down a red 1999 Toyota Corolla seen in the area on Monday morning and wanted in connection with the inquiry.
The CIB said today they were still seeking witnesses to a man seen walking in central Greymouth early on Monday.
Detective sergeant Kirsten Norton said the homicide investigation needed public help in identifying a young man.
"Police are keen to talk to anyone who may have seen a young man dressed in dark clothing in the areas around Chapel Street, Willis Street, the Countdown end of Alexander Terrace or near the Countdown, between 1.30am and 4.45am that morning," Ms Norton said.
"We'd also be keen to hear from anyone who noticed anything out of the ordinary or suspicious in those areas between those times.
"Police also believe either a single or pair of black casual-style shoes, approximately size 11, may have been left in this area."
Anyone who had seen those shoes or had any information about them was urged to contact Greymouth police on 768 1600 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Brendon McMahon