The Nelson Haven boat in which a body was found on Thursday morning. Photo by Brittany Spencer.

Police ‘determined to solve’ murder of John Morton


The investigation into the death of local John Morton is continuing, the search area has now been extended and locals are being asked to check their properties.

A detailed examination of the boats moored at Queen Elizabeth II Drive and the immediate area nearby is complete.

Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Johnston has now brought in a specialist search team from Christchurch to comb the wider environment.

“Our team, assisted by staff from other parts of the country, are determined to solve this crime,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Johnston.

Residents of Sovereign Street, Weka Street, and North Road will notice a Police presence in the area over the next couple of days.

“We are looking for anything that could be relevant to the death of Mr. Morton.

“This could be anything from items of interest to the investigation, including clothing or other items that could have been dropped by someone connected to the incident,” says Mr. Johnston.

“Residents should check their own properties for any unusual items that may have recently turned up and to contact the enquiry team if anything unexpected is found.

Police are still appealing to the wider community for information about Mr. Morton, anyone with related information should contact Nelson Police on 03 545 8960 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.