Woman at centre of kidnapping incident dies

The woman at the centre of a kidnapping incident died over night in Middlemore Hospital.

Police say the 50-year-old Thai woman died in Middlemore hospital after reportedly jumping, bound and gagged from a moving vehicle in Papatoetoe on Tuesday night.

A post-mortem will be carried out later this morning and police say they are satisfied the incident is not domestic related.

They say they are “keeping an open mind as to the motivation behind her kidnapping however an obvious line of inquiry will involve links to organised crime.”

They also continue to seek any sightings of a late model silver vehicle in the Papatoetoe and surrounding areas on 1 March 2016 at around 7pm.