15 Feb 2020

Woman's body found by police investigating Tauranga double homicide

2:27 pm on 15 February 2020

The body of a woman has been found by police at a Tauranga property and is believed to be linked to the double homicide investigation in Omanawa.

Unexplained death in Taita, Lower Hutt early on Sunday 26th January 2020.  A Police cordon and crime scene invetsigation tent were in place Monday 27th January 2020.  Police Emergency tape.

Photo: RNZ / Patrice Allen

Two men were found dead at a property in Omanawa on Tuesday, following reports of gunshots at a home.

Police say those deaths appear to be unrelated to gang conflict, although they are aware the incidents involved gang members.

A man has been charged with the murders and appeared in court this morning.

Police officers are now at the scene of a sudden death on Lynwood Place, which they believe is linked to the incident.

They say they were called to the home yesterday and found a woman dead, and that she may have been dead for a couple of days.

Police added that it's believed her death was a domestic incident.

No one else is being sought in relation to the sudden death at this stage.

Meanwhile, Tauranga's mayor Tenby Powell says residents are worried by a recent spate of gang violence in the city.

"We have more 70-plus-year-old residents in Tauranga than any other city in New Zealand by an order of magnitude. They are worried, of course."

He said a public meeting for residents will be held on Thursday.

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