Person found dead in Dunedin suburb

Police are seeking help from the public as they investigate a sudden death in the Dunedin suburb of Pine Hill this morning.

Emergency services were called about 9am to Hillary St, where a man was found lying dead amid blood and shards of glass.

Senior Sergeant Anthony Bond, of Dunedin, this morning said police were investigating whether the incident was a murder or a suicide.

"The circumstances are not yet clear," he said.

In an update this afternoon he said police were seeking the public’s help, and they wanted to hear from anyone with information or who had seen any unusual activity in the area in the past two days.

Cordons were in place and there would be an increased police presence in the area while inquiries were carried out, he said. 

"There is not thought to be any ongoing safety risk to the public arising from the incident. More details will be provided when they are available."

A Pine Hill resident who was watching this morning as police arrived said he saw a man lying outside a broken window surrounded by blood and shards of glass.

Police at the scene this morning. Photo: Craig Baxter
Police at the scene this morning. Photo: Craig Baxter
There were at least six squad cars in the area and some of the officers seen by the Otago Daily Times were armed.

Chorus vans have been parked outside the property, which is understood to be a rental, and workers were seen speaking with police outside the address this morning.

Neighbour Brenda Van Strik, who has lived in Hillary St, for more than 40 years said it was a quiet street.

“Everybody minds their own business,” she said.

A St John ambulance left the scene before 9.20am.

Image: Google maps
Image: Google maps

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