Body found on Waikato mountain in search for man missing five months

Police searching for a Waikato man who went missing in June have located a body at the summit of Mt Pirongia.

Source: 1 NEWS

Police and Waikato Land Search and Rescue began a search of the Pirongia mountain area on June 17 after the 44-year-old man’s car was seen in a car park on Greys Road.

“For five months, we have been systematically searching throughout the Mt Pirongia area,” Senior Sergeant Paul Slater said in a statement this afternoon.

“Yesterday afternoon a body was located at the summit," he said.

“I’d like to acknowledge this enormous effort by SAR over such an extended period of time.

“This significant deployment was about returning a loved one to their family and I hope it brings some sense of closure.”

Next-of-kin have been notified and the matter referred to the coroner, Mr Slater said.

The man’s identify will be formally confirmed and released in the coming days, he said.