Murder charge following Coromandel death
A murder charge has been laid in relation to the death of a 20-year-old man on Kopu-Hikuai Road last night.
A 23-year-old man will appear in Hamilton District Court today.
"Police are working to establish the circumstances of the man's death, but believe the victim and the alleged offender were known to each other," says a police spokesperson.
"We are appealing for sightings of two vehicles on Kopu-Hikuai Road last night between 6pm and 7.30pm - a dark green 1997 Jaguar xJ6 Saloon and a silver 2003 Mazda Bounty double cab ute.
"A scene examination is ongoing on Kopu-Hikuai Road today and motorists are thanked for their patience and cooperation."
If you can help Police with any information, please get in touch on 105 and quote file number 200806/1185.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency advises State Highway 25A is likely to remain closed for most of the day between Kopu and Hikuai, while police conduct a scene investigation following a police incident on the road last night.
Motorists are advised to delay their travel where possible or allow additional time for the detour routes via State Highway 25 Whitianga and Coromandel to the north or State Highways 25, 2 and 26 to the south through the Karangahake Gorge.
UPDATE 9:15AM— Waka Kotahi NZTA Waikato/BoP (@WakaKotahiWaiBP) August 5, 2020
Police advise that #SH25A is expected to remain closed until late afternoon today for full scene investigation. Delay your journey or allow extra time for long detour via either SH25 Coromandel - or SH25/2/26 via Karangahake Gorge. ^TPhttps://t.co/gC32t76a71