Update: 10.25 pm 15 Jan 2016
Police have launched a murder investigation after the body of a woman was found at a house in Glenvil Avenue, Te Atatu, Auckland this afternoon. According to a report by the New Zealand Herald two people were treated for shock after
family members arrived to find the body in at a house in Glenvil Ave, Te Atatu — sparking a massive response that included armed police, dog squads and the Eagle helicopter that put neighbourhoods in shut down.
Our thoughts and deepest condolences are extended to the woman’s family and friends for their tragic loss and the manner in which their loved one died.
Residents of the quiet suburb later told media that police think the 70 year old woman died after a “botched burglary”. Police are likely to release further information at press conference at 3 pm on Saturday.
Today’s murder comes a week after the body of a female jogger was found in a garden in the Auckland suburb of Remeura. It is thought the man responsible may have been burgling houses in the vicinity before he attacked 41 year old Joanne Pert in broad daylight.
Social media initially provided the first news of today’s incident.
Shortly after the NZ Herald announced a body had been found in a house in the area
BREAKING: Armed police swarmed to an Auckland suburb tonight after a body was found in unexplained circumstances.
A police spokeswoman said a body was found at an address in Te Atatu.
The death was unexplained.
Police were called to the house at around 5:30pm after the body was discovered.
The enquiries are in their early stages and there is no further information available at this time, said the spokeswoman.
Residents in the area have been reporting on social media about a hive of police and emergency service activity around Gloria Avenue. One Facebook user wrote; “Must be something bad, all sirens on and guns ready”, while another wrote; “Glenvil lane ambulance there also”…
…Members of the public have posted images of Police vehicles inside cordoned off streets around the Peninsular on social media.
One has posted an image of a Police vehicle towing what appears to be an investigation trailer entering a cordoned off street.
Glenvil Lane has been cordoned off completely and there is a large police presence including armed officers and dog squads.
Officers were telling residents it is a “serious incident”.
An ambulance is parked at the end of the lane.
A police helicopter is also circling over the area.
A group of residents were watching the events unfold but said they were unaware what had happened.
There’s also a police presence on the back streets behind the lane.
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