The wife of a man from Northland who disappeared in London seven years ago say the prospect of an inquest is a relief.
Lee Sheppard has not been seen since going to work at a recycling factory one night in 2003.
He was listed as a missing person but a private investigator hired by the family in 2008 concluded that he had been crushed to death in a workplace accident.
Mr Sheppard's wife, Juliet Sheppard, says the police have confirmed that an inquest will be held in London next February, and the family will attend.
She says that the years of not knowing what happened to her husband were very hard, and that it's good to know the uncertainty will end.