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Probe into Otorohanga killings continues

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/10/2016

Ross Douglas Bremner, © NZ Police Ross Douglas Bremner, Keith Bremner remains in a critical condition in hospital as police continue to work to understand the tragedy that has claimed the lives of four people.

Ross Bremner, 34, killed his mother Claire, 60, and critically injured his father Keith, 64, in a frenzied knife attack at their home in Otorohanga on Tuesday before fleeing.

His body was found on Friday at a property in the settlement of Kinohaku on the other side of Waikato with the bodies of Mona Waikoko Tuwhangai , 82, and Maurice Raymond O'Donnell, 72, whom police think Bremner may not have known.

The grisly discovery of the bodies was made by someone visiting the elderly couple on Friday.

The bodies were taken away in hearses on Saturday afternoon.

Friends and family of the couple gathered together outside the property, held a karakia, and one man performed an emotional haka, media at the scene report.

Some turned their backs when Bremner's body was taken away.

A Waikato District Health Board spokeswoman said Bremner had been a mental health patient, and was last in in-patient care in 2013.

Post-mortem examinations are being carried out in Auckland on Sunday, police say.

This will help establish the time of the deaths of the couple and Bremner, and police say it may take some time.

Specialist police staff and ESR scientists will continue to examine the scene throughout Sunday.

Police are trying to reconstruct the events that took place and the movements of Bremner in his Holden Vectra after he attacked his parents.

Police face questions about how they handled the hunt for Bremner and whether the public was warned properly about how dangerous he was.

After the attack on his parents on Tuesday, police took other members of his family to places of safety.

There was no information available to police to indicate where he would go, police have said.

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