Wairarapa police are investigating after the body of an elderly woman was found at her house in Featherston.
They say initial inquiries revealed circumstances that are of concern.
The 70-year old was found in her home on Wednesday morning by a friend who hadn't been able to contact her over several days.
The scene has been secured, with a detailed scene examination and post mortem to begin on Thursday morning.
Police say they will not release further details until her next of kin have been informed.