Murder investigation: vehicle of interest located

A homicide investigation was launched following a man's death at a motel. File photo.

A forensic examination is underway after a key vehicle sought in connection with the murder of Ryan Woodford has been found.

“Finding this vehicle has been significant for the investigation team as we continue to build a clear picture of exactly what happened and who was involved,” says Detective Sergeant Andy Livingstone.

“For operational reasons we won’t be disclosing any further details at this time about the vehicle or where it was located.”

The investigation team continues to review evidence from a number of sources including information provided by witnesses, forensic evidence and CCTV footage.

“We know the planning and carrying out of Mr Woodford’s murder at the Adelphi Motel on March 6 involved several people,” says Detective Sergeant Livingstone.

“There were also others who played a part in other related activities before or after the offence happened.

“These people know who they are and if we haven’t spoken to you, it’s important you contact us."

The investigation team appreciates the community's ongoing assistance and remains determined to identify all those involved in Mr Woodford’s death.

Anyone who has information to provide Police is asked to get in touch with Taupō Police via 105 and quote Operation Dell, or alternatively information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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