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Police updates – Papakura fatal crash investigation, Runanga missing person

Police news 24 January 2023.

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 24 January 2023.

Update into fatal crash investigation in Papakura

An investigation into what led to a fatal crash on Porchester Road, Papakura last week is continuing.

The crash occurred at around 10.42pm on 18 January.

Police can confirm the fatality on the night was John Ioane, a one-month-old infant.

Our thoughts are with his family at this incredibly difficult time.

Those hospitalised at the time of the crash continue to recover from their injuries.

No charges have been laid in relation to the crash at this stage as the circumstances are still being investigated.

However, a 25-year-old man has been summonsed to appear in the Papakura District Court in relation to refusing an officer’s request to give blood.

He is expected to appear on 16 February.

Missing person – have you seen Martin O’Brien?

Martin, in his 60s, has been reported missing from his Runanga home, and Police and his family have concerns for his welfare.

He was last seen at home about 8.30pm on Sunday 22 January and he has not been in touch since.

Martin is known to frequent many of the bush areas in the wider Grey District and is a capable bushman.

He is likely to be in the bush or the back country and will likely have the backpack on him in the attached photograph.

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He was travelling in his vehicle, registration GAS593, which is also pictured.

If you have seen Martin, or have any information about where he might be, please call 105 and quote event number P053407688.

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