The family of Nigel James Duncan, who was found dead yesterday in a New Plymouth park, say they are relieved the search for him is over.
Mr Duncan's brother, Roger Duncan, who drove down from Auckland on Wednesday, told the Taranaki Daily News last night the family was grateful Nigel's body had been found.
"The family want to thank the police and everyone who helped with the search," he said.
Although the family appreciated the publicity while Mr Duncan was missing his brother now asks that the family's privacy be respected.
"It's a bit early to know exactly what happened and we're waiting further information from the police," he said.
"Nigel was a keen walker and got a lot of enjoyment out of it."
He was found dead by police search teams about 1pm yesterday in bush at Huatoki Domain.
Mr Duncan had not been seen since leaving his Carrington St house about 4.45pm on Tuesday.
He walked off without his wallet, identification or medication for conditions including angina and asthma. His death has been referred to the coroner for further investigation.
Senior Sergeant Matt Prendergast said police had received information concerning Huatoki Domain late yesterday morning.
He said while Mr Duncan's death was sad, he hoped finding the body would bring the ordeal to an end for his family.
"There's nothing worse than when things are in limbo and the person is missing."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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