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Murdered Upper Hutt woman named

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/12/2016

Police have named the 30-year-old woman murdered in her Upper Hutt home as they narrow their focus on four men seen in the area.

Lois Rita Tolley was found dead in her house by police in Ward Street, Trentham, early on Saturday.

"As a result of fresh evidence, police can advise that we are now looking for a firearm and knife believed to be involved in the death of Lois," Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee said on Sunday.

Police are working at Ms Tolley's house and a post mortem examination has been carried out.

Just prior to the incident, at about midnight on Friday, four men were seen jogging south along Wilford Street towards Ward Street.

One of the young men was described as particularly distressed and one was carrying a long rectangular object.

They are all described as about 182cm tall and wearing dark clothing, with hooded tops.

Police are calling for the men to come forward, and say good progress is being made in the investigation.

"This is an incredibly sad and stressful time for the family, who police are supporting through an incredibly difficult time so close to Christmas," Det Sen Sgt Mckee said.

Many of Ms Tolley's family live in Australia, according to Fairfax NZ reports, while she lived alone with her cats.

Ms Tolley is the youngest of four children and has a number of nieces and nephews.

"The family are devastated by this act of violence that has taken their much loved Lois from them," he said.

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