Police believe they have round the remains of a Christchurch man missing for nine days.
The body of a middle-aged man was found at a residential property in Mairehau this afternoon.
Although formal identification has not yet taken place, police said they believed it was 50-year-old David John Mackle.
Mackle had been missing from his Opawa home since December 11.
There are no suspicious circumstances about the death, and it has been referred to the coroner.