Gulf Harbour body in bag: Police obtain DNA profile of victim

Police have obtained a DNA profile from the human remains discovered in Auckland last week.
Police have obtained a DNA profile from the human remains discovered in Auckland last week. Photo credit: Newshub

Police have obtained the DNA of the body found in Auckland's Gulf Harbour last week.

The grim discovery of a woman's body wrapped in plastic bags on March 12 shocked the local community. However, her identity still remains a mystery. 

Acting Detective Inspector Tim Williams, Waitematā CIB, said police are making progress in the homicide investigation and have obtained a DNA profile of the victim.

The victim has been described as a female of Asian descent, possibly Chinese, and small in stature.

"While at this stage, the DNA does not match anyone in our records in New Zealand, we are hopeful this will assist us in finding out the identity of this victim," Act Det Insp Williams said.

"Our priority remains on confirming their identification and results of further examinations and tests are still pending.

"Police are continuing to liaise with our overseas counterparts, as well as Interpol regarding this death."

Williams said police appreciate there are several questions surrounding the circumstances of what has occurred and wants to reassure the public that the investigation "is continuing to piece together the facts".

“The very nature of this discovery means this is a complex investigation – and it will take time," he said.

"In saying that, the community can continue to be reassured that Police are committed to holding the person, or persons, responsible to account."

Williams said police would like to thank members of the community who have come forward with information since their initial appeal.

"We have had close to 100 calls to both our dedicated number and through to the 105 service providing Police with information to assist us in our investigation," he said.

"Our team is working hard reviewing this information, as well as CCTV footage, which has been provided as enquiries continue."

Anyone with further information is urged to contact police on 0800 755 021 to speak directly to the investigation team.

People can also provide information via the 105 phone service or online, using Update My Report, and referencing file number 240312/9837.

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