Two people found dead in Opaheke

By Heather McCracken, Anna Leask

Two people have been found dead after an incident at an Opaheke house in Auckland this morning.

There is evidence a firearm was used at a house where a man and a woman were found dead in south Auckland, police say.

The bodies were discovered this morning by two girls, one of whom was the daughter of the dead man, police said.

Detective Inspector Dave Lynch told media at a press conference this afternoon that the man and woman were found dead in a bedroom at the semi-rural Papakura property at 11.20 this morning by the man's daughter.

He said she didn't notice anything amiss last night and discovered the bodies when her father had not risen by 11.20am.

Police said they had identified the man but not the dead woman. The 51-year-old man was a tenant at the Ponga Rd property, and the owners are overseas.

Mr Lynch said there were indications of violence, but would not say if there were signs of intrusion.

The last known contact the man had with anyone was Friday night.

Later this afternoon police said ESR staff and a pathologist had been to the scene and there was evidence that a firearm was used at the scene.

"At this stage police are still unable to fully establish what has happened, and are keeping an open mind as to whether a third person or persons are involved,'' police said in a statement.

Mr Lynch said there was no need for the public to be afraid.

"Crimes like this are hardly ever random. I wouldn't be concerned if I lived in the community.

"Anyone with information on what happened at the address or who the woman might be is asked to contact police immediately.''

David Todd, who lives nearby on Coal Mine Rd, said police and armed offenders squad members were seen in the area this morning, and people leaving the area were being questioned by police.

He said he didn't know the residents at the address under investigation.

"It's a pretty quiet community around here but because we're sort of semi-rural you don't always get to know your neighbours.''

The area is made up of lifestyle properties and is about 10 minutes' drive from Drury township.

- NZ Herald

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