The body that was found dumped on a remote road in Canterbury has been identified as 36-year-old Maori man Marcus Luke Tucker from Christchurch.
According to reports, Mr Tucker’s body was found last Monday by Filipino fishermen near lake Lake Ellesmere on Drain Rd, Doyleston. He was named by authorities after undergoing forensic testing.
It is believed that the search teams found the body burnt at the lake’s water front.
Mr Tucker’s family and friends have given tributes since the news was revealed. “No matter what bad decisions Marcus made throughout his life he didn’t deserve to go out like this. Thoughts are with his mother, father, brother and son,” one friend was quoted as saying.
One person wrote: “Much love to Marcus’ s family & friends. To all those working out on site, please find who did this horrible act and let his family grieve knowing justice is served,” said another.
A report by The Herald has also revealed that Mr Tucker, a landscaper, was jailed for 10 months in 2000, with charges like “breaching hire purchase rules, cheque fraud and drink-driving while suspended.”
In 2002, he was reportedly sentenced to community work after a drink driving incident that left his car crashed off an Oxford road.
After the discovery, police contacted local petrol stations, asking about small sales of fuel. Authorities are asking Challenge services stations in Canterbury to “capture and retain transaction information for purchases of fuel and amounts less than $30.” Investigations are ongoing.
“Our thoughts are with Marcus’ family following this tragic death I can reassure the community that we are thoroughly investigating the circumstances of his death,” Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald told reporters.