As the homicide investigation into the murder of popular Paeroa businessman Jordan Voudouris heads into its third week, Waikato Police investigators say they are now in the consolidation phase, going over statements as they work to identify who was responsible.
Inquiry head, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Whitehead, said as was the case in a lot of murder investigations, the team of 30 Police staff were now facing hours of hard slog checking and rechecking information.
"That is the nature of these investigations, when scene examinations have been completed and witness statements taken the time consumingand painstaking process of piecing it all together begins.
Mr Whitehead said this involves working to profile and background the victim, 55-year-old Jordan Voudouris, to gain an understanding of his habits and routines.
"Friends, employees and patrons were been able to assist us with this and we are now awaiting results of forensic examinations taken at the scene to help us build up a picture of what, if anything can be identified as out of the normal.
"This forensic evidence, combined with statements taken from a variety of people may prove vital to catching the offender and solving this homicide which is why our staff review all data gathered and then go through it again."
Mr Whitehead said during the course of the investigation Police had spoken to dozens of people and investigators wanted to thank the local community for their continuing support.
"Our priority remains identifying those responsible for Jordan's murder and we remain steadfastly committed to this and the public can play their part in assisting us.
"While the phase we are now in can be time consuming the public can help. Anyone who may have been in the area of Paeroa's Mykonos Pizza store between 10pm on Sunday the 17th of June and 6am on Monday the 18th, who hasn't already spoken to Police, is asked to make contact with us, your information could make all the difference."
The investigation team can be contacted at the Paeroa Police Station on 07 862 8744.
Alternatively information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.