Body found in Tauranga Harbour

Police are appealing to the public to help identify a tattooed man who was discovered in the Tauranga Harbour yesterday.

The man was found by people on board a tugboat near Mount Maunganui Port just before 3pm.

A police spokeswoman said it was not clear how long the man had been in the water, but most likely between one and two weeks.

Police had so far not been able to identify the man, and he did not fit the description of anyone reported missing.

The spokeswoman said it was hoped a member of the public might recognise a description of him and his distinctive tattoos.

He was described as Caucasian, aged between 18 and 35, and of small to medium build.

The word 'SCORPIO' was tattooed across his stomach, the word 'FORD' on his right shoulder, and a tribal design on his left forearm.

He was also wearing a black t-shirt. On the front of the shirt was a black star with a white surround and the word 'Tauranga' underneath.

A post mortem examination would be a carried out tomorrow to establish how the man died.

It was too early to say if the death is suspicious, police said.


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