The police dive squad are searching the Whanganui River for
the body of missing man Whetu Hansen, who is the possible
victim of a homicide.
Mr Hansen, 48, was last seen on November 24 last year, and a
homicide investigation was launched in December.
A 56-year-old man is currently appearing before the courts
charged with his murder.
Detective Senior Sergeant Simon Harrison said the Navy were
helping police with their search.
"We are unable to comment at this stage on what exactly we
are looking for in the Whanganui River or why we have
determined that a search of the river is necessary for the
purpose of this investigation," he said.
Police were also seeking more assistance from the public in
relation to Mr Hansen's disappearance.
The investigation team wanted to hear from anyone that saw a
1996 white Ford Courier ute in the Palmerston North or
Whanganui area on Wednesday December 4, 2013, he said.
"I would encourage anyone that has any information about this
vehicle or the death of Whetu Hansen to contact their local
police station or Detective Dave Wilson of the investigation
team on 06 213 9595."
Information can also be provided anonymously to the
organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.