Police believe a body found in a caravan being stored at
a Cromwell holiday park is that of Simon James Garrick, who has
been missing for about a year.
Detective Sergeant Derek Shaw said the body, which was found
yesterday, had been there "for months".
Police said in a statement that while the body was yet to be
formally identified, a number of items found at the scene
provided a strong indication the body was Mr Garrick's.
The body would be taken to Christchurch where a post-mortem
examination would be held next week to formally confirm
The circumstances of death did not appear to be suspicious
and the matter had been referred to the Coroner.
Mr Shaw said he had spoken with Mr Garrick's family about the
"Simon's family wish to thank the public and media for their
support over the period of time that Simon has been missing.
While this support has been very important to them, they now
ask for privacy."
The body was found by a woman who was checking on her
caravan, which was being stored among hundreds of others at
the holiday park.
"It was the first time she'd checked it for over a year and
upon entering the caravan, she found a scene of disarray and
what appeared to be the remains of a male person on the
floor," Mr Shaw said.
"I understand she was upset and she was put in contact with
Victim Support and obviously police will be keeping in
contact with her."
Early last month, police said the last confirmed sighting of
42-year-old Mr Garrick was in October last year in Dunedin.
At that time, Mr Shaw said he was concerned Mr Garrick had
"met an untimely death", and a homicide inquiry was launched.
Mr Garrick's Central Otago-based family reported him missing
in May this year.
He had not accessed his cellphone, passport or bank accounts
for a year. He usually kept in close contact with his family,
but he did not attend his father's funeral in December.
Mr Garrick worked as an excavator driver in Central Otago.
- By the Otago Daily Times and APNZ