Woman found bound, gagged and dumped in gutter

A TATTOOED woman found in a critical condition in a gutter north of Auckland was bound and gagged, it can be revealed.

The woman, aged in her 20s or 30s, was found in a serious condition with head injuries in a gutter on Waiwhiu Rd, Dome Valley about 7am yesterday.

A source has told the Herald the woman was "bound and gagged" when she was found unconscious by a member of the public.

Police were yesterday appealing to the public to identify the woman, who had a distinctive rose tattoo on her left calf with the words 'Mum' and 'Dad' written on it.

The woman has a tattoo of a cross with a rose, and has the words 'mum' and 'dad'. Photo / Supplied
The woman has a tattoo of a cross with a rose, and has the words 'mum' and 'dad'. Photo / Supplied

She is a European woman with short dark hair.

Inspector Mark Fergus said yesterday police were keeping an open mind as to where and what caused her injuries, but foul play was expected.

He said police were focusing on identifying the woman, and as she is unable to speak to police, witnesses will be crucial in solving the case.

The woman flown to Auckland City Hospital in a critical condition yesterday, and her condition remained unchanged this morning.

- NZ Herald



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