The family of the man whose body was found inside a car which exploded in Queenstown are shattered by his death.
The explosion occurred at Jardine Park, Kelvin Heights, about 9pm on Tuesday. The man who died is believed to be Kurt Sturgess, of Christchurch.
Police said it was not yet known if he was dead before the explosion.
Mr Sturgess’s father said “it was a sad business all around”.
He said Mr Sturgess had left home in the morning and his family put a missing person’s message on Facebook through a friend later in the day after failing to get hold of him.
“It was out of character, and it just happened, and it went from bad to worse,” he said.
The family heard about the explosion on Tuesday night, but were not aware it involved Mr Sturgess until someone matched the photo of the burned-out car with the description in the Facebook message, he said.
He said police had not yet been able to confirm it was his son and the family still did not know exactly what happened.
Mr Sturgess’s father said his son had a wife and a child, but there was no trouble at home.
Mr Sturgess’s mother told Fairfax the news was “a bolt out of the blue”.
“His wife is pretty cut up of course and his little son is asking where ‘Dada’ is,”she said. “His father and myself are pretty shattered.” NZME