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Blakie Inquiry - Week Four

Christchurch Police Release

The fourth week of the inquiry into the death of Lisa Blakie sees the coast to coast participants being focussed on.

Approximately four thousand flyers, similar to those distributed by NZ Post across the West Coast, are being put into the mail for all participants and support crew with the support of contest organiser Robin Judkins.

‘Many people involved in the coast to coast have probably seen the publicity but not thought how it applies to them,” says Detective Inspector Rob Pope. “Lisa’s body was discovered in the Porter River on the Sunday morning of the coast to coast weekend when SH 73 was busy with crew and supporter traffic.”

‘We have virtually completed tidying up all the Castle Hill basin inquiries and this is part of the next phase.”

Mr Pope says that the team will be making more intensive inquiries and start a wide vehicle search.

“We hope to speak to a large number of vehicle owners over the next few weeks; these are vehicles that fit the description of the four door beige/ brown saloon a young woman fitting Lisa’s description was seen hitching a ride with.”

Rob Pope has still not released a make or model of the car as he says that the team need to be exactly sure. What could turn out to be an incorrect assessment could limit future inquiries.

Rob Pope, Detective Inspector

Maggie Leask, Canterbury District Police, 03 363 7815, 021 663 701

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