The body of a 43-year-old mother of two was found by police in an industrial part on the eastern outskirts of Matamata. Officials believe she was the victim of a hit-and-run.
The woman was wearing dark clothing and no shoes.
The suspect was probably a truck driver who is thought to have gone back to see what he hit. The victim’s 26-year-old son said that a truck driver who thought he hit something near where the body was found contacted police. He had turned around to check whether he hit something but said he did not find anything at the time.
He has cooperated fully with police who said he returned to town and reported the incident and his GPS co-ordinates.
The mother of two is described by her son as a free spirit who wanted to be a gypsy but who had gained the reputation of a hard-working provider. She wanted to become a head chef and possibly travel the world.
“Everyone loved her as a worker, they’d been trying to get her back for a long time,” her son said.
“She never asked for much for herself. She cared about other people more than she did for herself. She was really loved.”
The woman’s youngest son said he had just recently enjoyed a few drinks with his mother at a local café; that is the last time he saw her alive. He lives in Putaruru.
The owner of the Redoubt Bar & Eatery in Matamata, where the 43-year-old woman worked, closed the shop for the day Friday when he heard of her death.
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