A man has been charged with the murder of a woman found dead in a hostel in Invercargill yesterday.
The 30-year-old Invercargill man was arrested last night after the woman was found dead in her room earlier in the day.
A team of 22 police and a forensic pathologist are working on the investigation and a "detailed scene examination" is expected to take a number of days.
A homicide inquiry was launched after the 38-year-old woman, of Invercargill, was located in the Tyne St hostel.
Inspector Olaf Jensen said the woman and the charged man were known to each other but the "extent of that relationship is part of our enquiries".
An area of the Otepuni Gardens next to the hostel has been searched and several items of interest have been found.
Mr Jensen would not comment on the cause of death or what items police had seized.
The arrested man is to appear in the Invercargill District Court tomorrow and a post-mortem examination of the victim is to be carried out on the same day.
Police have appealed for information from anyone who was in the Otepuni Gardens around between 4 and 5am on Saturday.
Anyone with information should call Invercargill Police on 03 211 0400 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.