Police identify van linked to suspicious death of father of 4

Taranaki police have identified a van linked to the homicide investigation of 55-year-old Sidney ‘Ross’ Bridson.

The van was sought last year during the homicide investigation of 55-year-old Sidney ‘Ross’ Bridson. (Source: New Zealand Police)

Ross, a father of four, was found dead after a suspicious house fire on Waitaanga Road on Wednesday, October 11, 2023.

The home was extensively damaged prior to the arrival of emergency services, and his body was later located at the scene.

The post-mortem examination determined the cause of death was a gunshot wound.

Police thanked the public for their ongoing support as information helped them identify the LDV van previously sought in Hamilton.

It is now undergoing forensic investigation.

Police believe the black van, with the registration NWP349, travelled from the Hamilton area to Waitaanga overnight Tuesday October 10, and returned later that morning, arriving back in Hamilton around midday.

“It has been almost eight months since Ross’s murder and our small but dedicated team remain committed to identifying and locating those responsible,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Gerard Bouterey.

Police appeal for sightings of van in Waitaanga homicide

“Police are hoping that through the release of these images, someone may remember seeing the van travelling between these locations or stopped on the side of a road anywhere in between.”

Police said they would like to speak with anyone who saw the van or its occupants, or have any information that may assist in the investigation.

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