Search on for clues to killings

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A POND is to be drained on a ru­ral Pa­pakura prop­erty as po­lice search for clues and a weapon used to shoot a man and woman found dead on Sun­day.

Po­lice are treat­ing the deaths as a homi­cide and be­lieve the pair are Mt Eden woman Glenys Stan­ton, 47, and 51-year-old Trevor Waite.

Mr Waite lived at the house and the pair were found dead by his teenage daugh­ter just af­ter 11am at the home in Ponga Rd, Opa­heke, west of Pa­pakura.

‘‘A pre­lim­i­nary anal­y­sis of the scene in­di­cates that there was a third per­son in­volved,’’ De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Dave Lynch says.

He says there are signs at the scene that the vic­tims were known to the per­pe­tra­tor or per­pe­tra­tors.

Mr Lynch says there was noth­ing to sug­gest it was a bur­glary turned vi­o­lent and says the pair were not in­volved in any il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties. Nei­ther were known to po­lice.

On Mon­day Mr Lynch said it ap­pears the pair were shot, but a firearm had not yet been re­cov­ered.

A scene ex­am­i­na­tion be­gan on Sun­day night, and an area can­vass was car­ried out on Mon­day.

An au­topsy on both bod­ies was to be held yes­ter­day to de­ter­mine the cause of death.

Mr Lynch says any in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic cov­er­ing the pe­riod from Fri­day night to Sun­day morn­ing was im­por­tant to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and he asked for help.

The home where the bod­ies were found is be­hind a num­ber of pine trees, out of view from the cor­don and the main road and sited on at least an acre of land.

Mr Lynch says Mr Waite was rent­ing the prop­erty while the own­ers were over­seas.

Crime scene: Po­lice search the prop­erty where two bod­ies were found in Opa­heke, Pa­pakura.

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