Ve­hi­cle own­ers iden­ti­fied in Tol­ley case

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF RE­PORTER

The own­ers of two ve­hi­cles of in­ter­est to po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the homi­cide of Up­per Hutt woman Lois Tol­ley have been iden­ti­fied.

Tol­ley, of Wal­laceville, Up­per Hutt, was killed min­utes be­fore mid­night on De­cem­ber 9, stabbed and shot to death.

Po­lice ap­pealed for pub­lic help on Thurs­day to iden­tify the owner of a white ute seen on Ward St. The owner has come for­ward and will be spo­ken to by de­tec­tives.

The owner of a sil­ver ve­hi­cle shown in CCTV footage re­leased ear­lier by po­lice has also been iden­ti­fied, in­ter­viewed and elim­i­nated from en­quiries.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Glenn Bar­nett thanked peo­ple who had come for­ward to the Op­er­a­tion Archer team.

On Thurs­day, Bar­nett had said the ute was parked in Ward St early on the morn­ing on De­cem­ber 9, 2016, and was seen leav­ing the area just be­fore mid­night that same day, as well as driv­ing past the scene around the time the killing was oc­cur­ring.

A beanie and shoe were both found out­side the scene, and po­lice said on Thurs­day that they hoped mem­bers of the pub­lic would help iden­tify the items.

A sin­gle jan­dal was also found within the crime scene.

Po­lice have in­ves­ti­gated the in­volve­ment of one or more women, as well as sev­eral men, in the killing, and re­peat­edly ap­pealed to the pub­lic for in­for­ma­tion.

At least one of the men in the group that at­tacked Tol­ley ap­peared in the drive­way after­wards in a fren­zied state, re­port­edly yelling, ‘‘What have we done?’’

Ear­lier this month, sev­eral Wal­laceville lo­cals be­lieved the sus­pects were ‘‘couch-surf­ing’’ and mov­ing around dif­fer­ent towns. Some voiced con­cerns as weeks passed with­out any ar­rests, but oth­ers were sat­is­fied no­body else was at risk be­cause the kill-


Sus­pect 1: Male, tall, around 188cm, with a skinny build, aged in 20s or 30s. * Wear­ing dark, baggy cloth­ing, a hoody with it up, dark, low-slung pants, pos­si­bly white un­der­wear. * Car­ry­ing a large, rec­tan­gu­lar ob­ject. Sus­pect 2: Male, shorter than sus­pect 1, skinny. * Wear­ing dark baggy cloth­ing. Sus­pect 3: Male, tall, with a lean build. * Wear­ing dark cloth­ing, long dark pants and a hoody with the hood up. Sus­pect 4: Male * Sounded younger than other sus­pects. * Be­lieved to be the one seen up­set out­side Tol­ley’s flat.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that could con­trib­ute to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is asked con­tact the Op­er­a­tion Archer team based at Up­per Hutt Po­lice Sta­tion on 04 527 2300. ing was a tar­geted one.

A neigh­bour said the gun in­volved was a homemade one. Po­lice pre­vi­ously said only that it was a shot­gun.

Po­lice ad­mit­ted de­scrip­tions of the four male sus­pects were still not de­tailed, but asked mem­bers of the pub­lic to help.

Lois Tol­ley was killed in her Up­per Hutt home on De­cem­ber 9. A beanie and shoe were both found out­side the scene.

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