Police probe burglary links in Jo Pert case

  • 15/01/2016
Mother of two, Jo Pert, was murdered in the Auckland suburb of Remuera (Supplied)
Mother of two, Jo Pert, was murdered in the Auckland suburb of Remuera (Supplied)

The man accused of killing a woman jogging in the Auckland suburb of Remuera may have been trying to break into houses in Grey Lynn the day before her death.

Mother-of-two Jo Pert, 41, was found dead on Thursday last week, with a 24-year-old man turning himself into police later that day, along with a weapon allegedly used in the killing.

Operation Solitaire, the police investigation into her death, is now focusing on information suggesting a man driving a yellow Mazda Demio – the same make and model of car the accused was driving when he handed himself in - was seen behaving suspiciously in Grey Lynn, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Police working on the case have been door-knocking houses in Grey Lynn following up reports the man may have been trying to break into houses in the area.

Meanwhile, a public run will be held on Saturday to honour Ms Pert.

The 5km "Run for Her" event has been organised by Lydia O'Donnell and will take participants from Victoria Park along Auckland's waterfront and back.

"Let's run in honour, let's run with freedom and run because running is a gift that should not be limited by barriers," the Facebook event says.

There was plenty of positive comment on the initiative, including from women who said they want to feel safe while out walking and running alone.

"I had my first solo walk today round Orakei Basin and Jo was in my thoughts. Thx for organising an event where we can feel safe and empowered!, [sic]" one person posted.

Ms Pert, whose funeral was held in Raetihi on Wednesday, has been remembered as a devoted mother with a passion for life.

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