Witnesses sought over death

Last updated 23:10 25/02/2009

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The parents of an Alaskan man found dead on a North Otago beach will arrive in New Zealand tomorrow.

The body of Sean Francis Lawson, 20, was found on the south beach near the Kakanui River mouth on Monday morning.

His car had been found stuck near the riverbank on Sunday.

Sergeant Tony Woodbridge, of the Oamaru police, said provisional autopsy results showed Lawson had drowned.

It remained unclear how Lawson entered the water or why he left his car.

"He's unfamiliar with the area and the river was quite high," Woodbridge said.

"It's a tragic result really."

Lawson had visited his teenage sister in Oamaru on Saturday night but had been staying in the Ohau-Twizel area.

It was unclear why he had gone to Kakanui.

Woodbridge said the man's parents owned a section in Ohau and he had been trying to arrange contractors to build a holiday home.

Police still wanted information about Lawson's movements on Saturday evening, and his white Subaru Legacy station wagon.

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