Police urge caller to get in touch

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SOUTHLAND police are looking to reconnect with a person who contacted Crimestoppers with information regarding the Dale Watene homicide investigation.

Detective Sergeant Chris Lucy said the investigation team was “particularly” interested in hearing from the anonymous caller who recently provided information on the case.

“Police have received and continue to receive information from numerous people.”

Mr Watene (40) went missing from the Otautau area on April 16.

More than a month later, on May 21, police discovered his body in the Longwood Forestry block, 45km west of Invercargill.

The homicide investigation included a team of 20 staff who were working on the ongoing inquiry.

Det Sgt Lucy said police were looking for any information on the movement of Mr Watene’s black BMW car on or around Thursday, April 16.

They would also like to hear from anyone who saw the car in the Otautau and Woodlaw areas during that time.

Anyone with information which may assist the investigation was urged to phone Det Sgt Chris Lucy on 03 211 400 or Crimestoppers on 800 555 111.

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