UPDATE: Operation Polar, New Plymouth homicide 7 August

Attributable to Detective Senior Sergeant Gerard Bouterey:

Police investigating the homicide of a man in New Plymouth this week are seeking help from the public.

Rei Marshall, 23, of Okato was brought to Taranaki Base Hospital by associates on the evening of Wednesday 3 August, but passed away from his injuries.

Officers have completed a scene examination at an address on South Road, Blagdon in relation to Mr Marshall’s death.

As part of our inquiries, Police are seeking assistance from anyone who has dashcam footage who travelled along South Road, between Spotswood College and Blagdon Road, between 4pm and 7:15pm on Wednesday 3 August.

We are also seeking any witnesses who were travelling along that same stretch of South Road between 6:45pm and 7:15pm who may have seen any unusual activity.

In particular, we are keen to hear from anyone who was flagged down or stopped by people standing on the road, or anyone who saw vehicles driving erratically.

Anyone who can help is asked to please call this dedicated phone number – 0800 287 453.

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