Body found in hunt for missing woman

Last updated 17:03 26/06/2013
Barbara Ann Moka
BODY FOUND: Barbara Ann Moka

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Police investigating the disappearance of a missing Northland woman have discovered a body.

The body is believed to be that of Rawene woman Barbara Moka.

Police found the body in the Omanaia area after piecing together information received during their inquiry into her disappearance.

Formal identification is yet to take place and a autopsy will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

Earlier today, police arrested a man in relation to a historic assault on Moka.

The 32-year-old had been missing for more than two weeks and police had said she was likely the victim of foul play.

Police said today that they had arrested a 43-year-old man for an alleged assault on Moka this year.

The man appeared in the Kaikohe District Court on a charge of injuring with intent to injure.

Moka was last seen on Sunday, June 9, when she attended a tangi at Te Piti Marae in the Far North settlement of Omanaia.

She crashed her car early in the morning, only about 200 metres from the marae, and police have suggested she may have returned there.

Detective Senior Sergeant Rhys Johnston said Moka had a history of leaving the area to spend time with friends and family in Auckland, but there had been no activity on her bank account, phone or Facebook account since her disappearance.

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