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Operation Bestland - Body in Suitcase

NZ Police CommCens Alert 14:00 16-04-2006 Auckland City

Location of incident: Westhaven

Incident Type: Operation Bestland - Body in Suitcase

Media Release - Operation BESTLAND

Auckland Detectives have today confirmed the identity of the young Chinese man whose body was recovered from a suitcase in the Waitemata Harbour yesterday. The man's family in China have been informed of his death.

He was WAN Biao, 19 years, a Student from Cook Street, Auckland. He had been in New Zealand since the end of August 2005. A picture will be available at the media briefing, (or electronically on request to the 0800 Op BESTLAND line).

Detective Inspector Bernie Hollewand said that Police staff were today examining the man's home and had taken possession of his car. They were also talking to his associates and friends.

Police are still keen to hear from anyone who recalls seeing a suitcase or weighty object dragged around or thrown into the harbour, or being carried onto a boat. The time frame of interest is Thursday evening 13th April to Friday morning (Good Friday) 14th April.

Police have set up a direct line at 0800 BESTLAND (0800 237 852) for the Public to contact the enquiry team direct.


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