Body found at Castlepoint

MISSING: Miroslav Tvaroh
MISSING: Miroslav Tvaroh

Police searching for a missing Greytown man have found a body at Castle Rock south of Castlepoint.

The body is yet to be identified but the family missing man Miroslav Tvaroh have been informed.

Tvaroh, 34, has not been heard from since he left home for Castlepoint, 65 kilometres east of Masterton, about 7am on Christmas Eve.

His partner called police just before 6.30pm that day, after he failed to return home.

Police, Land Search and Rescue and volunteers from the local surf club battled strong winds as they combed the area yesterday looking for him.

A police spokesperson said a search helicopter discovered the body of a dead man below a bluff system at Castle Rock about 7.45am this morning.

Riverdale Surf Lifesaving club members helped with its recovery.Police believe the man died after falling from Castle Rock. His death will be reported to the coroner.

Mr Tvaroh came to New Zealand from his native Czech Republic in 2005 on a working holiday. He was persuaded to stay long-term and play for Wairarapa United by head coach Phil Keinzley after he saw him kicking a football around at a Martinborough vineyard

He was considered one of the Wellington region's top club footballers.

He has played more than 100 games for Wairarapa United's premier side, which won New Zealand club football's most prestigious prize, the Chatham Cup, in 2011.

He was also coach of the newly formed Heartland Wairarapa under-20 team that is scheduled to have its first game in the national youth league in two weeks.

Heartland Wairarapa chief executive Sam Rossiter-Stead said it was distressing for everyone involved in the organisation.

The Dominion Post