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Police treating North Shore death as unexplained after person dies on road

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Thu, 30 Nov 2023, 12:45PM
Police had a section Opaketai Beach Haven garden taped off as they investigated the death. Photo / Dean Purcell
Police had a section Opaketai Beach Haven garden taped off as they investigated the death. Photo / Dean Purcell

Police treating North Shore death as unexplained after person dies on road

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Thu, 30 Nov 2023, 12:45PM

Police are investigating an unexplained death after a person was found unresponsive on the side of a road on Auckland’s North Shore. 

Police were notified of the unconscious person outside an address on Rangatira Rd in Beach Haven around 1.45am this morning. 

“Ambulance staff attended to the person, but sadly they died at the scene,” a police spokesperson said. 

“We are treating the death as unexplained, and a scene guard remains in place.” 

Opaketai Beach Haven garden. Photo / Dean PurcellOpaketai Beach Haven garden. Photo / Dean Purcell 

Police had taped off a section of Opaketai Beach Haven garden this morning and police staff, including a photographer, were seen working in the scene. 

A staff member near the scene said she was told by police that a man was found dead on one of the tables in the park. 

She claimed police told her the man was possibly under the influence of substances and was injured by one of the poles on the picnic tables. 

She believed police had deemed the incident as self inflicted but still suspicious. 

Police responded to reports of an unresponsive person on the road in Beach Haven in the early hours of Thursday morning. Photo / Dean PurcellPolice responded to reports of an unresponsive person on the road in Beach Haven in the early hours of Thursday morning. Photo / Dean Purcell 

A person who works in Beach Haven said police have blocked off the car park behind the Sunnyvale Ave and Rangatira Rd shops due to a “fairly serious incident”. 

The man said a couple of police cars remain at the scene. 

Reports on social media suggest that the police Eagle helicopter is circulating in the area. 

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