Police seek man near fatal fire
A man seen standing on a highway near the scene of a fatal fire has sparked a police appeal.
The blaze near the Rangitaiki Tavern between Taupo and Napier on March 17 claimed the lives of a mother, her infant and one other.
A family friend who declined to give her name at the time of the fire, said the occupants of the house were a pregnant mother, her male partner, their eight-yearold son, the mother’s teenage sister and the sister’s six-month-old infant.
Police are now looking for a man seen standing on the side of the highway near this area during the early hours of the morning.
Police said they understood that the man pulled his car over on the side of the highway, possibly after his car broke down.
As part of the investigation, police would like to speak to the man or anyone who may have offered assistance to him between 1am and 3am on March 17.
The Police gave no details on why they wished to speak to the man.
‘‘While the matter is in its final of stages of investigation, no further information is available at this time,’’ a police spokesperson said.
* Anyone with any information can contact Taupo police on 07 378 6060 or provide information anonymously to Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.
Thanks to the Lakeland Lions, people who visit the Taupo Cemetery are able to pick daffodils to put o the graves of their loved ones. August 25 marks Daffodil Day and many in the Taupo community have come together to raise funds for the Cancer Society. The Taupo Vintage Car Club members delivered 90 bunches of fresh daffodils to 66 Taupo business throughout the town earlier this week, while many local businesses are selling the Daffodil pins.