Person captured on CCTV could hold information on Waikato woman's brutal death




Police are searching for a person seen on CCTV walking down the main street of the small Waikato town of Tirau on the night local woman Roma Joseph was brutally killed.

On Police Ten 7 last night, police released the footage from the Caltex Tirau service station of a person who can be seen walking north on State Highway One at about 3.18am on May 1.

Police are asking this person to come forward to help them in the investigation of 58-year-old's death.

The much loved grandmother and mother was found dead at her home on Little Street, Tirau between 3am and 3:30am following a house fire.

Detective Senior Sergeant Cranshaw says neighbours were alerted by activity in the area around the time of the fire.

"A series of thumps were heard coming from Roma's house.

"One person was seen walking along Little Street away from the address, another was seen up by the front door.

"Shortly afterwards a silver four-door sedan was seen reversing out of the driveway before driving off towards Bear Street."

Mr Cranshaw says Roma was violently killed at her home in the early hours of that morning before the house was set on fire.

He says the family are seeking answers to why Roma was callously and senselessly killed.

"Those responsible for this cowardly and brutal murder need to be held to account," he says.

"It's really important that people come forward with any information they have whatsoever on the silver sedan or the people seen at and near Roma’s place or on State Highway One on the morning of 1 May.

"We urge those people with information about this shocking death to do the right thing and tell us what they know."

He says the person on the CCTV is not being sought because police believe they're involved in Roma's death.

"The fact that they were in Tirau at the critical time may mean they can provide information that is useful to this inquiry."

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police on 0800 766 211.

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