Police name man found dead on road near Thames as murder charge laid

Police have named the man found dead on a road near Thames as their homicide investigation continues.

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One person is in police custody following the incident on August 5. Source: Breakfast

He was Bayden Williams, aged 20, of Tairua.

Mr Williams' body was found on Kopu-Hikuai Road on Wednesday.

A 23-year-old man appeared in Hamilton District Court yesterday, charged with murder, and has been remanded in custody.

Police are still appealing for sightings of two vehicles on Kopu-Hikuai Road on Wednesday between 6pm and 7.30pm - a dark green 1997 Jaguar xJ6 Saloon and a silver 2003 Mazda Bounty double cab ute.

Police also today released the name of the person who died following an incident at an address in Whenuapai earlier this week.

Homicide investigation launched following man’s death in Whenuapai, Auckland

He was Coubin Arerua Tamatoa-Makaea, aged 31, of Auckland.