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Monday, 11 March 2019 - 12:03pm |

Body of missing man Rahul Dahya found

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The body of missing man Rahul-Nathu Dahya has been found.

The 22-year-old from Te Horo was reported missing on Tuesday 5 March after failing to arrive at an appointment in Mangaweka on the previous day.

Friends and family began searching for him across the lower North Island.

On Friday 9 March friends of Mr Dahya found his van parked in the Vinegar Hill campground. After an initial search Police failed to locate him and Search and Rescue (SAR) were called in.

SAR volunteers from Whanganui, Palmerston North and Tararua assisted Police to search the campground and surrounding areas on Saturday 10th March.

The search continued on Sunday and the body, which has been formally identified as Mr Dahya, was located shortly before midday in a bush area near the campground adjacent to State Highway 54.

His death has been referred to the Coroner. 

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.


Issued by Police Media Centre.