Man's body found at bottom of gully
An elderly Hamilton rest home resident has died at the bottom of a gully that he'd spent the last few years clearing of pest plants.
It is not yet clear how the man, John Peters, died but police were not treating it as suspicious and said his death was most likely related to a pre-existing health condition.
His body was found about 1pm yesterday in a gully near his Hillcrest home.
A friend had called around to see Mr Peters but he was not home, Hamilton St John shift manager Cath Shannon said.
"Apparently he gardens in the gully so they went looking for him and found him."
The fire service helped retrieve Mr Peters' body and police also attended.
Yesterday a fellow resident at the Bishop Edward Gaines Trust Homes, Adrienne Bow, said Mr Peters was a very kind person.
"He loved his garden and going down into the gully".
"He would help anyone in the village."
Mr Peters lived alone at the number four cottage, off Silverdale Rd, where residents tended to keep to themselves.
The dwellings backed onto a steep-sided gully with a stream at the bottom. The natural feature stretches down to Morrinsville Rd.
Ms Bow said Mr Peters spent a lot of time in the gully and he'd cleared the scraggly undergrowth from a 100m-long section of the gully wall.
Ms Bow called the man who found Mr Peters but the man didn't want to speak about the experience.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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