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Murdered woman's family appeal for help

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/12/2016

The family of a woman murdered in her Upper Hutt home have called this Christmas without her their worst nightmare and appealed for help finding the killers.

Lois Tolley's mother Cathrine MacDonald and aunty Lorraine Duffin addressed a press conference on Tuesday after their thirty-year-old relative was found dead in her home on Ward Street, Trentham, early on December 10.

Police say Ms Tolley was shot at point blank range and stabbed in what was an "execution" killing.

Ms Duffin called for anyone with information to share it with police.

"It has been our worst nightmare and Christmas will never be the same again," she said.

"You hold the key to unlock our torture and we are calling on your conscience to help us get some closure and bring these cowards to justice."

Operation Archer investigation lead Glenn Barnett said police did not yet know a motive but that four people were known to be at the house where Ms Tolley was murdered.

He said police suspected the four people would be talking to others about what had happened or that close family and friends might have noticed a change in the offenders. He called on them to report it to the authorities.

"If you played a minor role or not the major, come forward and talk to us in confidence," he said.

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