Police: Wilson located in Queenstown


Police say they’ve located Pita Wilson in Queenstown without incident.

Since Friday, armed officers and a dog squad have been involved in a manhunt for Wilson, who police want to speak to over an alleged kidnapping last week.

In a statement tonight, Inspector Olaf Jensen says Wilson, 38, was found in Frankton at 9.20pm “without incident”.

There were no other details.

Earlier today, police announced they had found fugitive Joshua Veint and his friend Lilly Boden in the Glenorchy area about 3pm.

Veint, 23, was wanted in relation to the alleged kidnapping of Queenstown man Joseph Armstrong, 22.

They were located following information from the public. Both are safe and well and being spoken to by police.

Boden had not been heard from since late last week. Police said yesterday Boden and Veint were friends.

It is understood she is also known to the alleged kidnapping victim, Armstrong.

Police are staying in contact with Armstrong, who was located just before midnight on Sunday.

Insp Jensen would not comment on how long Mr Armstrong was allegedly held against his will.

The hunt for Veint and Wilson began on Friday, after an incident last Tuesday at a Queenstown address came to police attention.

Police would not reveal how the incident was revealed, other than it came to light during another police operation.

Insp Jensen is yet to elaborate on what that operation was.

Those involved in the incident were known to each other, he says.

Two men yesterday appeared in the Invercargill District Court in relation to the incident.

Anyone with information which may help police can contact Queenstown police on (03) 4411600 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.