Lena Zhang Harrap: Police wanting to identify others who used walkway

But they aren't seeking anyone else in relation to her death.
But they aren't seeking anyone else in relation to her death. Photo credit: Supplied.

Police investigating the death of Lena Zhang Harrap have made another appeal to the public.

Harrap was found dead in September in the bush off a walkway near Mt Albert's Ōwairaka Domain. The 27-year-old, who had Down syndrome, had failed to return home after going out for a walk in the morning. Police have since charged a 31-year-old man with her murder and sexual violation.

However, while police aren't seeking anyone else in relation to her death, enquiries as part of Operation Daleyza remain underway. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Detective Senior Sergeant Geoff Baber issued a plea for anyone who used the Mt Albert walkway between Grande Ave and Summit Dr on the morning of Harrap's death, Wednesday September 22, to come forward. 

He said extensive CCTV enquiries had led police to identify 29 people who walked through the walkway between 7:30am and 10:10am that day. But most of these people's identities are unknown to police, who want to speak to them. 

"We know this walkway was frequented by a significant number of people and it’s vital that we are able to identify and speak with everyone who used this walkway on the morning Lena was killed," said Det Snr Sgt Baber.

“It’s important that any information, no matter how small or irrelevant you think it may be, is provided to Police."

Anyone who used the walkway or was in the immediate vicinity around Grande Ave or Summit Dr at the time is asked to contact the investigation team on 0800 DALEYZA (0800 325 399) or you can phone 105, quoting file number 210922/0539.

Late in September, police asked the public for any sightings of a white 2004 Hyundai station wagon with registration EGZ962 which was used by the alleged offender.It has distinctive brown tape around the left rear window.