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

UPDATE: Nelson police continue to investigate death of John Murray Morton.


A team of Nelson detectives, assisted by forensic and fingerprint experts from Christchurch are continuing the investigation into the death of  John Murray “Muzza” Morton who died overnight on Wednesday, August 3. Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Johnston said a post mortem has been completed yesterday which confirmed the death was a homicide.

“The number and nature of Mr Morton’s injuries suggest a very violent attack and the investigation team is determined to piece together exactly what happened. Extra resources are being brought in from other police districts and the Nelson team will be joined by further investigators on Monday,” says Craig.

Police are keen to hear from anyone that uses the reserve area or may have recently taken photographs of the area of QEII drive opposite the skate park, particularly the boats that are moored there, in order to help police reconstruct the scene and understand recent activity there.

Anyone with information that may be relevant to the investigation into Mr Morton’s death is asked to contact Nelson Police on 03 546 3840.

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.