Otaki Beach death 'suspicious'
Parked car of interest to policeKAY BLUNDELL
LATEST: Police are continuing to investigate the unexplained death of a man after he was found on Otaki Beach by a local resident this morning.
The Marine Parade resident said he was walking on the southern end of the beach about 7.45am when, picking up a piece of plastic to put in a rubbish bin at the beach exit, he saw something.
"I thought it was a coloured towel on the beach but then realised it was actually a guy's trousers and shirt. I walked over and realised there was someone lying there face down.
"It was definitely a shock," he said.
A section of the beach remains cordoned off and police along with forensic specialists are conducting a scene examination which is expected to run till this evening.
A white Toyota station wagon found parked at the beach entrance near the body is also being investigated.
A nearby resident said people often parked there overnight and slept in their cars but the white station wagon was parked "on an odd angle."
Central District Criminal Investigations manager, Detective Inspector Chris Bensemann said they were treating the death as unexplained at this stage.
"We intend to remove the man's body from the beach by the end of the day and formally identify him. Once this is done and we have informed next of kin, a post-mortem will take place.
"Officers are making area inquiries and are speaking to people that were walking on the beach this morning. At this stage we are in the early days of our investigation. There is still a lot of information we do not have and we are working to ascertain what has happened to the man," Mr Bensemann said.
Earlier today police said the death was being treated as a suspicious but this afternoon described it as an "unexplained death."
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