Christchurch police have been told of more than 20 pieces of information in the past 24 hours as part of their probe into the suspected homicide of an Aranui man.

A local man, 38, was found dead on a street in the suburb overnight yesterday.

Police gave a brief update on the investigation this afternoon.

Detective Inspector Nicola Reeves told 1News that officers had been given CCTV leads and told of sightings of a white 2006 Toyota Crown sedan believed to be owned by the victim.

The vehicle, with registration plate LEQ895, “has a sunroof which makes it quite distinctive”, she said.

While the sedan is currently “within our scene”, Reeves said investigators are continuing to appeal for any sightings of the sedan or its movements before 2am on Thursday.

She said police have received more than 20 pieces of information thus far.

Police were called to the scene at about 2.28am yesterday on Carisbrooke St, near Portchester St.

Reeves confirmed on Thursday an “unusual noise” was what made informants call the police. The detective said officers had been in the “early stages” of the investigation and have notified the family of the victim, but aren’t yet in a position to release their name.

People with surveillance camera footage which could help with the investigation have been urged to contact police on 105, quoting Operation Walter.

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