Please attribute the following statement to Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Johnston.
Police are looking for information from the public following the sudden death of a woman in Motueka on Sunday 19 March.
The body of 43-year-old Sheree Diane Archer was found by a member of the public at the edge of the Motueka River, just upstream of the main road bridge at Riwaka. Police were notified of the discovery at around 5.30pm on Sunday.
A scene examination has been completed and the death is not being treated as suspicious. Police are making inquiries on behalf of the Coroner.
Police believe Miss Archer was from Palmerston North and had only been in the Motueka area for a couple of days having travelled down from the North Island on Friday 17 March. A mid-sized tan and white coloured dog was found with Miss Archer and it is thought she walking the dog at the time of her death.
The area where Miss Archer was found is close to a public reserve on the western side of the river. Police would like to hear from anybody who was in the area of the reserve on Sunday afternoon and may have seen Miss Archer at the river.
Anyone who may have seen Miss Archer on Sunday afternoon is asked to contact Nelson Police on 03 545 9869.
Issued by Police Media Centre