22 Dec 2014

Police confirm body is that of missing man

4:15 pm on 22 December 2014

Police have confirmed a body found in the Port Hills area of Christchurch yesterday is that of 33-year-old Hayden Cossey, who was reported missing by his family on 7 December.

Constable Dean Rutherford and his dog Jagger help search land near Christchurch's red zone.

Constable Dean Rutherford and his dog Jagger helped the search for Hayden Cossey. Photo: RNZ / Rachel Graham

Police said a member of the public found the body in a remote rock fall area near Castle Rock, yesterday.

Search and rescue teams tramped into the area to retrieve the body, after deteriorating weather conditions made it unsuitable for a helicopter.

A large search had been underway for Mr Cossey involving police, volunteers and family members.

The case would be referred to the coroner.