A second vehicle is being sought by police, as it continues to investigate the death of a man in Christchurch earlier this week.
David Karl Bridgwater, 38, was found dead on Aranui’s Carisbrooke St at about 2.28am on Thursday. A homicide investigation is underway.
He was found on the road. Detective Inspector Nicola Reeves confirmed an “unusual noise” was what made informants call the police.
After a “pre-planned search warrant” at the address today, police say they are looking for two vehicles that were near the scene at the time of Bridgewater’s death.
Speaking to media today, Reeves said police are looking for a green 2003 Holden Commodore with a licence plate reading BGE263.
“Police would like to hear from anyone who has seen this car around 2am on January 4 and anytime since then,” Reeves said.
Police are also still looking for a white 2006 Toyota Crown, registered as LEQ895.
“I understand that people can sometimes be reluctant to speak with police, so I would also like to remind everyone that information can be reported via crime stoppers,” Reeves said.
She said Bridgewater’s family are “devastated” following his death.
“They’re coping very well under the circumstances,” she said.
“They’ve got a really long ahead of them.”
Anyone with surveillance camera footage which could help with the investigation has been urged to contact police on 105.
‘A lot of scrapping, a lot of swearing’
John Kotara, who lives on Carisbrooke St, said there was a lot of noise coming from the property on Thursday night.
“I heard a lot of scrapping, a lot of swearing.”
He said there was a party across the road with loud music, and it sounded like ‘they came oneto the middle of the street.
“That went on for half an hour, amd then it went eerily silent”.
He then heard a “couple of vehicles going, and then nothing — which is unusual.”
Kotara said it’s something nobody on the street wanted to happen.
“We are such a tight community, and there are a lot of loving people around this community.”
“For someone to lose their life on this street, in this community, for the whole of Christchurch, for anywhere in New Zealand, it’s really painstaking.”
He hopes a change for the best can come from what happened.