Witnesses are being sought following the discovery of a man's
body in the Waikato River yesterday.
The body was found by water-skiers south of the Horotiu
Bridge shortly after 9am, said Detective Senior Sergeant Ross
Patterson of the Hamilton CIB.
"The water-skiers assisted in the recovery of the man's body
and police would like to acknowledge their assistance. Our
investigations to date have established the body is that of a
man who went missing in Hamilton around the 19th of March.
"Though the formal identification of his body is not expected
to be completed until after a post-mortem examination in
Auckland today, police are satisfied the body is not that of
missing 70-year-old Kawhia man, Trevor Smith."
Mr Patterson said until police know how the man died, his
death will continue to be treated as unexplained.
"At this point, while expressing the police's condolences to
the man's family, investigators would like to hear from
anyone who recalls seeing a man in a dark coloured hooded
sweatshirt, dark pants, white sneakers and with a red and
black bag on his back near any bridges or by the Waikato
River on or about the night of 19 March.
"Anyone who recalls seeing a person matching this description
or who has information on how the man came to be in the river
is asked to contact Hamilton Police on 07 858 6200."
Information can also be left anonymously with Crimestoppers
on 0800 555111.