Walking tracks still safe, say police
Fri, 13 Jul 2012 3:55p.m.
Wellington police say the public can continue using recreational tracks on Wellington’s Mt Victoria after a body was discovered there on Monday.
Beneficiary Sofia Helen Athanassiou, of Newtown, was found dead by a group of joggers about 11am on Monday near a running track above Wellington Girls’ East College.
Detective Senior Seargeant Donna Howard of Wellington CIB says that the area is now safe for members of the public to use.
“Based on the good progress we have made on our investigation to date, including conclusion of the scene examination and interviews with witnesses, we are confident there is no reason why people cannot resume using the Mt Victoria town belt,” she says.
Meanwhile, Ms Howard says that there have been reports Ms Athanassiou had had a history of family violence, but that it is not a focus of the police investigation.
“While the post-mortem showed Sofia had some minor injuries, we don’t believe these are connected to her death,” she says.
“It’s disappointing that speculation about Sofia’s past is being circulated, particularly while her family are grieving and her death remains unexplained.”
Ms Howard says police are still awaiting the results of toxicology and other laboratory tests to establish exactly how Sofia died.
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