A woman found dead in an Auckland park was the victim of foul play, according to police.

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Police have confirmed that the 28-year-old woman with Down Syndrome who was discovered dead in Mt Albert yesterday was the victim of foul play.

Lena Harrap

Lena Harrap Photo: Facebook / StarJam

Lena Zhang, also known as Lena Zhang Harrap, was reported missing yesterday after going for her regular morning walk between 6.30am and 7.30am.

Her body was found at about 4.30pm yesterday afternoon in an area of bush off to the side of a walkway between Grande Ave and Summit Drive.

Lena Harrap.

Photo: Supplied / NZ Police

Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe said this afternoon that it was clear from the scene that Zhang – who was also vision impaired – was the victim of foul play.

Police want to hear from anybody who was in the area at the time and are seeking to identify a man identified on CCTV footage walking towards the Summit Dr walkway at about 7:30am.

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He was wearing a blue hoodie, brown pants, sneakers, and a mask and had a “distinctive” mark on his forehead.

Police said in a statement this afternoon that Lena’s family are understandably distraught at this development.


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