Police reassure community over 18 year-old’s death

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Nov 16, 2022 |

Police are continuing to investigate the death of 18-year-old Layk Scowen who died in Hokitika on Friday 11 November.

Detective Senior Sergeant Kirsten Norton said “we are aware that there is a significant interest in this matter locally, and a lot of speculation in the community regarding the circumstances leading to Layk’s death.”

“The cause of death is a matter for the Coroner to determine, so that is not something police can comment on.

However, I can confirm that there is not believed to be any risk to the wider community from any factors potentially involved in Layk’s death.”

Police are continuing to provide support to Layk’s family, as well as a number of young people who were with him when he died.

“This has been an incredibly traumatic time for everyone involved. On behalf of Layk’s family and friends, I would like to urge media to respect their privacy as they grieve and come to terms with this tragic situation.”

On a Give A Little page, a family member said “known for his wild signature curls, Layk was a ray of sunshine, and his friends and family were what mattered the most to him.

He would always wave out, give a smile and stop to say hello. Layk had just started his plumbing apprenticeship and had his entire life in front of him and everyone is still reeling from the shock of his sudden passing.”

The Coroner will investigate the circumstances of the death and will release a finding in due course.”

A Give A Little page has been set up to help his family.

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

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