German hitchhiker murdered in New Zealand

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21 September 2005, WELLINGTON - A German hitch-hiker aged in her 20s has been stabbed to death while hitch-hiking in New Zealand, police said on Wednesday.

21 September 2005

WELLINGTON - A German hitch-hiker aged in her 20s has been stabbed to death while hitch-hiking in New Zealand, police said on Wednesday.

They will not release her name until she has been formally identified and her family notified, a detective told Radio New Zealand.

Her body was found by a jogger at a scenic reserve in the Egmont National Park, about 20 kilometres from New Plymouth on the west coast of the North Island, on Tuesday afternoon.

Detective Grant Coward told Radio New Zealand it was "a very nasty crime" and appealed to anyone who may have seen her since she was picked up in Wanganui, 160 kilometres to the south, on Tuesday morning, to contact police.

The detective said it was believed the woman, who was last seen when she was dropped off about 45 minutes later, had been dumped at the reserve after being killed.

He said she was tall, in her mid 20s, with shoulder-length dark hair which may have been tied back and was carrying a large hiking pack which has not been found. He appealed for anyone who had seen her Tuesday to contact police.

A post mortem will be carried out on her body on Thursday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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