Po­lice re­view in­for­ma­tion ob­tained since mur­der

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Who killed feries?

It’s a ques­tion po­lice hope they’ll soon be able to an­swer.

The 22-year-old’s sem­i­naked body was found dumped down a bank in Waikowhai Re­serve in 2005.

Po­lice launched Op­er­a­tion Lyra in July to follow up on the orig­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, called Op­er­a­tion Waikowhai, and are ap­peal­ing for new in­for­ma­tion.

‘‘Nine years have passed since Ka­t­rina’s body was dis­cov­ered . . . Many peo­ple’s lives and im­pres­sions of past events have changed in that time,’’ De­tec­tive In­spec­tor


Jef- Scott Beard says.

Of­fi­cers work­ing on the in­quiry have spo­ken with sev­eral peo­ple and are re-eval­u­at­ing state­ments and in­for­ma­tion ob­tained since her death.

Work is also un­der way to de­ter­mine if fur­ther foren­sic test­ing can be done on ma­te­ri­als found with Ka­t­rina’s body.

She was last seen by her mother, Ni­cola Jef­feries, whose Waikowhai house she left around 8pm on Sun­day July 10, 2005.

Ka­t­rina was the solo mother of a 2-year-old son and was known to live a dys­func­tional life­style.

Ni­cola told po­lice it wasn’t un­usual for her daugh­ter not to re­turn home overnight.

She was found in Waikowhai Re­serve on July 12, 2005, wrapped in a red tar­pau­lin, a yel­low Storm- wear rain­coat, and a black plas­tic rub­bish bag.

Her death was ruled a homi­cide by coro­ner Gor­don Matenga at a hear­ing in 2011, but the cause of her death was sup­pressed to help po­lice with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

More than 700 peo­ple were in­ter­viewed in the orig­i­nal en­quiry and there have been sev­eral false con­fes­sions to the mur­der.

A $50,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to a con­vic­tion ex­pired in late 2007 but po­lice are re­view­ing whether it will be re­ac­ti­vated.

‘‘We have put a great deal of ef­fort into re­view­ing the ear­lier Op­er­a­tion Waikowhai file and have been able to build on the good work our col­leagues did in those [early] years,’’ Beard says.

A 54-year-old Mt Roskill man is fac­ing 36 un­re­lated charges as a re­sult of the new in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

They in­clude threat­en­ing to kill and as­sault with a weapon, un­law­ful sex­ual con­nec­tion, sex­ual vi­o­la­tion and kid­nap­ping. He is also fac­ing drugs charges.

The of­fences al­legedly oc­curred be­tween 1983 and Fe­bru­ary 2014.

Cold case: The 2005 mur­der of Ka­t­rina Jef­feries re­mains un­solved.

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