Police name homicide victim

A homicide investigation was launched after a man died at a Taupō motel on Sunday. File photo/SunLive.

Police have released the name of a man who died in Taupō on the weekend.

A homicide investigation has been launched following the death of Ryan Whare Woodford.

Detective Sergeant Andy Livingstone says the 30-year-old died at Adelphi Motel on Sunday, March 6.

"Police extend condolences to Mr Woodfords’ friends and whanau who are requesting privacy at this difficult time to prepare for his tangi.

"An autopsy was completed on Tuesday in Auckland and police are continuing to investigate Mr Woodfords’ death under Operation Dell."

Andy says the investigation started about 6.30am on Sunday after Ryan died at the Adelphi Motel on the corner of Kaimanawa Street and Heuheu Street in Taupō.

He would like to acknowledge the efforts by other residents of the motel who came to Mr Woodfords’ aid and promptly called emergency services for assistance.

“Taupō Police always receive community support in such investigations, and I appreciate the time and assistance members of the community are giving as our team of detectives piece together the events of that morning.”

Anyone who has information relevant to this matter can call 105 and quote Operation Dell, Taupo.

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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