Operation Daleyza – Homicide Investigation Launched Into Mt Albert Death (+ CCTV Images)
Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe, Auckland City CIB:
Police have launched a homicide investigation
into the death of a woman who
was located deceased in Mt Albert yesterday.
At around 4.30pm yesterday the
body of a female was located in an area of
bush off to the side of a walkway between Grande Avenue and Summit Drive.
post mortem is taking place today and formal identification
is yet to be
completed, however Police believe the deceased is 27-year-old Lena Zhang,
also known as Lena Zhang Harrap, who was reported missing yesterday after
leaving her Mt Albert home.
her address on Jersey Ave in Mt Albert at around 6.30am to
her regular walk to Ōwairaka Domain.
Police are appealing for any sightings of Lena
yesterday morning between
6.30am and 7.30am during her walk.
is around 130cms and has Down Syndrome and would have been
at a slow pace. She was wearing a long-sleeved purple top and dark coloured
Enquiries indicate the likely
route she has walked is from Jersey Avenue
along Richardson Road, before turning up Grande Avenue where she is sighted
on CCTV at around 7.30am.
The Operation Daleyza investigation team has
been carrying out a number of
enquiries in relation to the death including a scene examination, an area
canvass and CCTV enquiries.
investigation has already identified and spoken with people
who saw Lena
during her walk yesterday morning.
As a result of CCTV enquiries Police are
releasing an image of a person of
interest to the investigation.
This male, who is seen wearing a blue
jumper, was captured on CCTV walking
along Grande Ave shortly after 7.30am. He is described as dark-skinned,
balding hair, a distinctive mark on his forehead and was wearing a mask.
believe this person can assist our investigation and we are
to the public for information relating to this person’s identity so we can
locate and speak with them.
Police are appealing to anyone who saw Lena
or the individual pictured
walking in Mt Albert yesterday morning to contact the investigation team.
“We also want to hear from any residents who
live along any of the above
streets, including Summit Drive, who have CCTV cameras that may have captured
Lena or this male in a blue jumper walking past their property.”
Anyone with CCTV is urged to
contact the Operation Daleyza investigation team
by phoning 0800 325 399 (0800 DALEYZA). You can also contact Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police are working closely with and supporting
Lena’s family who are
understandably devastated by this news and they are being provided with
Lena’s family have
requested privacy and ask for media not to contact
at this extremely difficult time.
know the news about this homicide investigation will be
the public and to the local community in particular and we want to reassure
them that Police have a large investigation team working hard to identify and
locate anyone involved in Lena’s death.
The local public will see an increased Police
presence in the Mt Albert area,
and we will be carrying out additional reassurance patrols and area enquiries
as we speak to local residents.
walkway between Grande Avenue and Summit Drive remains
closed at this
“Anyone who saw any
suspicious activity in the area around Grande
Summit Drive or the Ōwairaka Domain yesterday morning is asked to contact
Police on 0800 325 399 (0800 DALEYZA).