Body of missing Pipriki man located

Press Release – New Zealand Police

The body of missing Pipiriki man Hotene Koia was located this afternoon by a search and rescue team in the Whanganui River.“Body of missing man located”

The body of missing Pipiriki man Hotene Koia was located this afternoon by a search and rescue team in the Whanganui River.

Police staff along with LandSAR volunteers and Department of Conservation staff launched a ground and marine search this morning in the wider Pipiriki area.

A search team located Mr Koia and his vehicle in the river at about 1:30pm.

Initial indications suggest Mr Koia’s vehicle has left the road and crashed down a bank before landing in the river.

His body and the vehicle have now been recovered and his next of kin has been advised.

A kaumatua performed a blessing and karakia at the scene.

Whanganui Police are investigating the crash assisted by the Serious Crash Unit.

The death has now been referred to the Coroner.

ENDS

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