Police are examining a block of flats in Wanganui where an elderly man's body was found this morning.
A homicide investigation has been launched after the body was found about 8.30am on Campbell St.
A resident of nearby Ingestre St, who did not want to be identified, said a cordon remained in place outside a block of three or four flats and police had been going in and out all day.
She said she heard a loud bang coming from the flats as she was trying to get to sleep last night.
"It sounded quite near, like wood banging on something, just an upsetting noise because I got up to see if I could see anything but I couldn't,'' she said.
Senior Sergeant Dave Kirby of Wanganui CIB said police were still in the very early stages of their enquiry and were yet to formally identify the victim.
"I would like to hear from anyone with information about suspicious behaviour or movements around Campbell Street over the last 24 hours,'' he said.