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Hunt continues after deadly stabbing

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/10/2016

Police say a man being hunted after a deadly stabbing in Otorohanga may no longer be in the area.

A 60-year-old woman was killed and a 64-year-old man was flown to Waikato Hospital, where he is still in a critical condition, after the stabbing in the Waikato town on Tuesday night.

Ross Douglas Bremner, 34, who lived with the victims on Cruden Avenue and worked in the area, is being sought by armed police.

Police have declined to confirm media reports Mr Bremner was the son of the victims.

Addressing media, Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Greene said police were not sure if Mr Bremner was still in the area and officers were searching in the King Country and the Waikato.

"We think he might be in a vehicle, a silver Holden Vectra, but we're not absolutely convinced about that either."

He said neighbours had reported the attack to the ambulance service at about 8.30pm on Tuesday.

Det Sgt Greene said it was too soon to give an account of the nature of the attack or what led up to it but said the family were "well-liked" by neighbours.

"I'm comfortable there's no great risk to the community," he said.

"We're building a picture of Ross but it's too early to say what kind of person he was."

A post mortem exam is expected to be conducted on the dead woman on Thursday and police have yet to investigate the scene.

No weapon has yet been found, but Det Sgt Greene said a stabbing weapon had been used.

Police have asked anyone who has been in contact with Mr Bremner to contact them and say he may be driving a car with the licence plate BGP561.

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