Body found in Tauranga harbour identified

Police have identified the body of a man found in Tauranga Harbour on Saturday.

He was a 29-year-old local man.

Police were notifying next of kin before his name would be released.

The body, found by tugboat staff near Mt Maunganui Port, had likely been in the water for between one to two weeks, police said.

A post-mortem examination was to be carried out on the body today to establish how he died but it was too early to say if it was suspicious.

Police earlier released a description of the man in hopes of identifying him.

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.

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