15 Sep 2018

Boy found dead in effluent pond

9:32 pm on 15 September 2018

A four-year-old boy has been found dead in an effluent pond in Harihari on the West Coast of the South Island.

Police received a report shortly before 1.30pm that Reuben Nolan was missing from a Westland farm.

A large scale search by police, local volunteers, family, neighbours and friends followed, which ended when Reuben was found dead in an effluent pond at 4pm.

Reuben's death will be referred to the Coroner and his family is being assisted by Victim Support.