2 Jan 2020

Police appeal for info in relation to death near Christchurch Airport

9:36 pm on 2 January 2020

Christchurch police are appealing for help to find a bag and cellphone belonging to a woman who died on New Year's Eve.

Bella Te Pania was found critically injured on Orchard Road near Christchurch Airport on 31 December, and died a short time later.

A man appeared in court yesterday charged with murder, and has been remanded in custody to reappear in February.

Police want to find two items they believe belonged to the woman but may have been discarded. They are a small light brown, shimmery bag, about 10cm by 20cm with a strap, and a black Huawei cellphone with a cracked screen.

Police said anyone who had seen the items from early Tuesday morning onwards or found them are urged to call police on 105, quoting file number 191231/9680.