UPDATE: Raglan Homicide Investigation 8 March

As put by Acting Detective Inspector Andrew Saunders:

Police investigating the death of Cedric Maniapoto can confirm he was fatally shot and found at an address just north of Raglan early on Tuesday morning.

“We are working hard to get to the bottom of what has happened to Mr Maniapoto, and we feel for his immediate and extended whanau who deserve some answers,” says Acting Detective Inspector Andrew Saunders.

A dog called Napier turned up at the local store in Te Uku at 7am with a gunshot wound on the same morning that Mr Maniapoto was found at an address on Ohautira Road.

This store is roughly seven kilometres from the scene, and it has not been established how Napier got to the store with his injuries.

Napier, a medium sized brown and white dog, is a lucky survivor of his injuries and is recovering well.

“Anyone that was travelling in the area between 10pm on Monday evening (4 March) and 8am on Tuesday morning, could have information that is key to our investigation.”

Police urge anyone who was there at the relevant times that noticed anything unusual to contact us.

“The area is busy during the day but is quiet at night, and we are interested in speaking to anyone that saw another person or vehicle while passing through the area.

“We would like to hear from anyone that may have seen a dog on the road between the scene location and Te Uku, or if anyone delivered Napier to that location,” says Acting Detective Inspector Andrew Saunders.

Police are particularly interested in any dashcam footage from Ohautira Road from late Monday evening to Tuesday morning.

“It is devastating for Mr Maniapoto’s whanau to have to prepare to farewell after a loved one who was so unceremoniously taken away, and we are determined to find who is responsible,” says Acting Detective Inspector Andrew Saunders.

Anyone with information is asked to call 105, or make a report online at 105.police.govt.nz, clicking “Update Report”.

Please reference the file number 240305/1701.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

/NZ Police Public Release. View in full here.