A body recovered from the Waikato River yesterday has been
formally identified as missing Australian Paul Arber.
The tennis coach was last seen by three people in Hamilton
early on Sunday morning after being coerced from the river
A body was discovered by a group of rowers from Hamilton
Girls High School yesterday morning, prompting speculation it
was the remains of the missing 38-year-old.
Waikato field crime manager, Detective Inspector Karl
Thornton, confirmed it had now been confirmed as Mr Arber.
"A post-mortem examination conducted since the recovery has
indicated there are no suspicious circumstances in relation
to Mr Arber's death and the matter has been reported to the
coroner," Mr Thornton said.
"Paul's parents, Sam and Richelle, have been informed of
these developments and are understandably very upset and we
would like to express the condolences of the New Zealand
Police to them, Paul's wider family and friends."
Mr Thornton said an Iwi blessing was conducted near the site
where Paul's body was recovered and his family, team mates
and police staff attended.
- Patrice Dougan of APNZ