A post-mortem examination on the body of a man found dead in Paeroa early yesterday morning has indicated the death was suspicious.
Detective Senior Glenn Tinsley of the Waihi CIB said a post-mortem carried out in Auckland today indicated the 57-year-old man's death was suspicious.
"I can now confirm we are dealing with a homicide investigation which means the earlier approach of treating the unexplained death as suspicious was the correct one.
"We have a team of about 20 staff working on the case while we are also working with our Bay of Plenty colleagues to determine what, if any links there may have been with an attempted robbery of a service station in Waihi and the aggravated robbery of a dairy in Katikati yesterday morning."
Mr Tinsley said given the post-mortem examination on the body of 55-year-old Jordan VOUDOURIS was yet to be completed it would be inappropriate to comment on the nature or extent of the man's injuries or their cause.
Mr VOUDOURIS is survived by three children and had previously been a resident of North Auckland.
Mr Tinsley said at this time Police wished to convey their sympathies to Mr VOUDOURIS' family and Family Support staff are working with the family during this difficult time.
"As their work heads into the next phase investigators have been buoyed by the support shown by the Paeroa and wider community as we go about working on this case.
"We thank the local community for their support and ask that this continues and we would like to hear from anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area either overnight or early yesterday morning, who hasn't already spoken to investigators to ring the Paeroa Police Station on 07 862 8744."Alternatively information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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