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Murder hunt centred on Kihikihi

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier
Police Caravan
DETECTIVE Rob Woolerton and Senior Sergeant Wayne Panapa alongside the display caravan set up at Kihikihi last week. 312051AD

While Police are not saying too much, it is obvious they believe the answers to the disappearance and suspected murder of former local resident Stephen George will be found in Kihikihi.

A caravan was set up in the town last week and a display featuring a mannequin with clothing similar to what Mr George was wearing on the last days he was seen, October 8 and 9.

In the early hours of Sunday, October 9 the Tirohanga farm house where Mr George lived was torched. DNA results from the body found in the house will not be available until later this week.

The display also features a replica of the silver 1993 Nissan Primera Mr George was driving and was set up opposite the Star Tavern, where he was drinking with friends on the night he disappeared.

Detective Rob Woolerton of Cambridge Police was on duty again at the caravan on Saturday, along with Police district iwi liaison co-ordinator for Waikato, Wayne Panapa.

Mr Woolerton said that Kihikihi people were proving helpful and it was pleasing how many had visited the display.

“We are still particularly interested in sightings of Mr George in the early hours of October 9, or of his car between October 9 and when it was found burned out on Ranginui Road, which runs off the State Highway between Mangakino and Kihikihi, on October 12.”

Sergeant Panapa, who lived in Kihikihi for 20 years, said the response by Kihikihi residents to the display had been excellent.

“It’s great that people have come forward. It all helps towards trying to provide some closure for Mr George’s family.”

One person came forward with a new sighting of the car at an address in Kihikihi. Police are also appealing for information relating to a pack found near the scene of the fire. The ex-army pack has the words ‘SPARE 2’ written in pen along a shoulder strap, with the words Jonathon VIL also written on it.

Police can be contacted on 0800 STAR09 (0800 782709).