Police are not treating the death of a Stratford man found in the Patea River this week as suspicious.
The body of Stephen John Murphy was discovered by a group of his friends in the river, near Stratford, late Tuesday night and alerted police.
Preliminary post-mortem results suggested the 36-year-old had drowned.
Mr Murphy had been last seen by his sister in the vicinity of Brecon Rd, near where his body was located, at 3.30pm on September 1.
Detective inspector Marc Hercock said while the death was being treated as not suspicious, police were still piecing together Mr Murphy's last movements and want to hear from anyone who might have seen him since September 1.
Mr Hercock thanked the public and the if Taranaki Daily News nf for their support.
Anyone with information about Mr Murphy's movements prior to the discovery of his body are urged to contact the Stratford Police Station on 06-765 8860 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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