30 Apr 2018

Body found in search for missing man

10:39 am on 30 April 2018

A body has been found in the search for a missing Coromandel man whose car was found submerged in the Tairua River.

Generic police car.

Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

The man was reported missing at about 5.30pm yesterday evening after leaving a friend's house.

His car was found submerged in the Tairua River near Hikuai School Road half an hour later.

Locals spoken to by RNZ said he was from the area.

The search continued at first light this morning and police said a body had been found.

A spokesperson said they were currently formally identifying the person and the death will be referred to the coroner.