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21 August 2008 - Police investigating the death of 52 year-old Selwyn John Wallace, whose body was found floating under Wynyard Wharf on Sunday, August 17, are appealing for sightings of him from between about 7.30pm on Saturday 16 and 9am the following morning.

Inquiries to date have established that, in the 24 hours leading up to the estimated time of his death, Mr Wallace was walking in Margot St, Epsom, Park Rd in Grafton and Newton Rd, Newton.

"It's also possible he was walking in and around the central City area and the Viaduct Basin during that period," Detective Senior Sergeant Mark McHattie said.

"Mr Wallace had a distinctive gait in that he shuffled more than walked and those who were in contact with him before he died described him as being visually unwell. It's quite possible he had visited food outlets and used public transport to assist him get around the city last weekend."

As the circumstances around his death are still not clear, Police continue to investigate as if it were a homicide until it can be determined otherwise.

Mr Wallace had lived in Huntly, Hamilton and Auckland in the months before he died and had, at various times in his life including the weeks immediately before his death, been in the care of Mental Health Services.

At the time his body was found and in the 24 hours before that, he was wearing a nylon zip-fronted black, light blue and white striped jacket that had the words "RIP Curl" on the back. He was also wearing blue jeans and jandals. [See attached pics]

Anyone who has information about Mr Wallace's movements in and around the city before his death should contact the investigation team on 0800 996 973.

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