Ariki Rigby Biography
Ariki Rigby, a resident of Napier, was 18 years old at the time.
Following the discovery of her dead body in the vehicle near River Road Recreational Reserve, a homicide investigation was initiated.
Her family shared a statement on social media in which they expressed their gratitude to all of those who had showed them love and care.
“It is with the deepest regret that we must inform you that the beautiful daughter who was found in the wreckage of the car in Havelock North has been identified as being our own.
“Please get in touch with the Hastings Police Station regarding Operation Sphynx if you have any information or specifics regarding the circumstances surrounding her passing.
“During this time of mourning, we respectfully request privacy and your tolerance.”
On Thursday and Friday of the week before last, Rigby’s friends and family used social media to report that she had been missing since September 2 and that she had not been seen since then.
The authorities suspect that the vehicle, a dark gray Toyota Corona from the middle of the 1990s, was driven into the reserve somewhere between 10 p.m. on September 2 and 7 a.m. on September 3.
They are continuing to ask anyone who may have been in the River Road car park between those hours and saw the vehicle or anyone else in the area to come forward with any information they may have.
After cops checking on the automobile for two days failed to notice that there was a body inside it, the police are reevaluating how they responded to the situation.
At the time of her death Ariki Rigby is 18 years of age
At the time of this writing the names of her parents are yet to be known
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