Body found in Waikato River

20:34, Mar 23 2014

A man's body recovered from the Waikato River is not that of 70-year-old Kawhia man Trevor Smith, police say.

Detective Senior Sergeant Ross Patterson of the Hamilton CIB said the body of a man was found by water-skiers in the Waikato River south of the Horotiu Bridge shortly after 9am yesterday.

"Though the formal identification of his body is not expected to be completed until after a post-mortem examination in Auckland today, Police are satisfied the body is not that of missing 70-year-old Kawhia man, Trevor Smith," he said.

Investigations established the body was that of a man who went missing in Hamilton last Wednesday.

Patterson said the man's death would be treated as unexplained until police had information about how he died.

Police are looking for witnesses who may have seen the man last week.

"At this point, while expressing the Police's condolences to the man's family, investigators would like to hear from anyone who recalls seeing a man in a dark coloured hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, white sneakers, and with a red and black bag on his back near any bridges or by the Waikato River on or about the night of March 19," he said.

"Anyone who recalls seeing a person matching this description or who has information on how the man came to be in the river is asked to contact Hamilton Police on 07 858 6200."

Information could be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.