Murder shows dark side of neighbourhood


The grapevine was right – the death of a 35 year-old man in our neighbourhood was a murder.

A homicide inquiry involving about 40 police and support staff has been launched in to the death of a 35-year-old Elderslie dairy farm worker after his body was discovered in his house early yesterday morning.

Emergency services were called to an address in Pine Hill Road in rural Elderslie, about 10km inland from Oamaru, at 4.30am yesterday where Justin Conrad McFarlane was found dead by a fellow dairy worker who had called at the address after he was concerned that Mr McFarlane had not turned up for work.

Police would not comment on the exact circumstances of his death, other than to say it appeared it had been violent.  . .

The grapevine has a theory about the motive and also names a suspect.

If the theory is correct it has shown us a dark side of our neighbourhood to which we were oblivious.


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