Body in Queenstown home for a week


The body of a man found dead in a Queenstown holiday home at the weekend is believed to have been there for six or seven days.

The Christchurch coroner is dealing with the death after the body was discovered at a property in Tucker Beach Rd.

It’s near a cluster of designer holiday homes and fulltime residences overlooking the Shotover River. 

Senior constable Chris Blackford says: ”There were some issues with identification, due to the nature of decomposition, as it was believed the body had been in the house for six or seven days.”

Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken of Dunedin has told the Otago Daily Times the man died of natural causes at the house and there was nothing suspicious about the incident.

“Police attended a sudden death in Queenstown. A man hadn’t been seen for a number of days and had died in his house.”

The Coroner’s Office confirms Christchurch coroner Richard McElrea is dealing with the case.

The home is reportedly owned by Keith Hindle, chairman of Wellington’s Capital and Coast District Health Board’s finance, audit and risk committee. He holds the same roles for Hutt Valley Health Board and is also director of Hindle Investments.

Otago Daily Times