No more bodies likely to be found in Christchurch

5:18 pm on 15 March 2011

Police say it is now unlikely, but not impossible, that more bodies will be found in Christchurch's earthquake-stricken central city.

Canterbury District Commander, Superintendent Dave Cliff, says the number of people confirmed dead remains at 166 but that number is likely to rise to about 180 as human remains are matched with the DNA of missing people.

Superintendent Cliff also released the names of six more earthquake victims, who were from China, the Phillipines, Turkey and Christchurch.

They are:

Marina Arai, 19, of Japan

Valquin Descalsota Bensurto, 23, of the Philippines

Adrienne Meredith, 36, of Christchurch

Yoko Suzuki, 31, of Japan

Tao Wang, 29, of China

Didem Yaman, 31, of Turkey

This brings the total number of names released to 129.