11 Jul 2012

Mt Victoria death remains unexplained

6:32 pm on 11 July 2012

A woman whose body was found near a Wellington running track did have injuries but are they not thought to be a contributing factor in her death, police have revealed.

Sofia Helen Athanassiou, of Newtown, was found by a group of joggers a few metres off a track on Mt Victoria above Wellington East Girls' College on Monday.

Sofia Athanassiou was wearing clothes similar to this when found.

Sofia Athanassiou was wearing clothes similar to this when found. Photo: NZ POLICE

Police on Wednesday admitted they have no idea what killed the 39-year-old, as a post-mortem examination completed on Tuesday was inconclusive. The death is being treated as unexplained.

Detective Senior Sergeant Donna Howard said Ms Athanassiou did have minor injuries when found, but the post-mortem has determined that they were not a contributing factor.

Ms Howard says Ms Athanassiou was with friends at 8.30am on Monday and police are trying to piece together what she did between then and when her body was found at 11am.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Inspector Paul Basham, says police are keeping an open mind and have not ruled out drugs or foul play.

Police are waiting for the results of further laboratory tests which may help explain how or why she died. The tests may take up to six weeks to complete.