Sunday, June 16, 2024

Police hunt for murder pair

Police have released new images of a man and woman wanted in relation to the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Zane Smith in Wellsford on Saturday.

Police are seeking Desmond Lawrence Bourne, 45, and Serene Tilsley, 21 (both pictured) for questioning over the death of the Rodney man.

“The victim and the offender involved were known to each other,” Detective Inspector Scott Beard said.

A number of reports of potential sightings of Bourne – who has a warrant out for his arrest – have been received this week and these have been followed up by Police, with enquiries made at multiple addresses across the wider Auckland region.

Police are also seeking Serene Tilsley (pictured, right), who they say is associated with Bourne and also has a warrant to arrest in relation to this matter.

Police are also appealing for sightings of a black 2005 Ford Falcon saloon – registration CTS862 (pictured) – linked to this incident, which was seen in Pakuranga on Sunday morning.

“Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Desmond Bourne and Serene Tilsley or this Ford Falcon vehicle is urged to contact Waitemata Crime Squad on 09 839 0697 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111,” Det Insp Beard said.

“Bourne is considered dangerous and should not be approached by the public. If you do see him, contact 111 immediately,” he said.

“The investigation team will continue to do everything possible to locate Bourne so he can be held to account.

“We are appealing to Bourne to hand himself him so this can be resolved without further incident.

“Police want to acknowledge members of the public who have contacted Police with information on possible sightings of Bourne.”

Police said support was being provided to the family of Zane Smith.

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