June 2 - An Ashburton man whose body was found in an
industrial area of the town drowned, police say.
The body of Arran James Gairns, 34, of Ashburton, was found
in a water run-off area behind a group of shops yesterday.
Detective Senior Sergeant Marion Neill said a post-mortem
examination indicated Mr Gairns had drowned.
"At this stage we are continuing to treat the death as
unexplained. Investigations are continuing into how Mr Gairns
came to be in the area where he was found," he said.