Investigations Continue Over Deaths In Wellington Region

Post date: Jun 17, 2020 4:54:26 AM

Homicide Squad detectives are appealing for information as they continue to investigate two unrelated deaths in the Wellington area.

Police were called to the Wellington Hospital in April after a man presented with a gunshot wound to his abdomen, who later died.

The man has since been formally identified as 48-year-old Wellington resident, Frank Smith.

Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty, said as investigations continue, police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

“Initial inquiries into Mr Smith’s death have revealed that a member of the public saw him collapse in the front yard of a home on Thornton Street, Wellington, about 10am on Monday 27 April 2020,” Det Supt Doherty said.

“This good Samaritan has driven Mr Smith, who was in a critical condition, to Wellington Base Hospital where he later died.

“Frank was a local Wellington resident who was well known in the community and was a supportive and loving father and grandfather.

“As investigations continue, detectives are appealing for anyone with information, or who may have dashcam footage from the area, to come forward,” Det Supt Doherty said.