Police release details on two bodies in Mamaku Forest

Police have named the two people found dead in Mamaku Forest as Raymond Fleet, 51, and his nephew James Fleet, 25.

The men had not been seen since 6.30pm on August 7, when James left his grandmother's Mamaku house, where he was living, leaving his shoes, wallet, car and keys. His uncle Raymond went missing around the same time.

On Friday morning, armed police set up a cordon at Cecil Road near where the bodies were found. 

James David Fleet, 25, (pictured) and his uncle Raymond Joseph Fleet, 51, were last seen by their families on August 7.

James David Fleet, 25, (pictured) and his uncle Raymond Joseph Fleet, 51, were last seen by their families on August 7.

An autopsy will be conducted on Saturday. 
 
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At a media press conference in Rotorua on Friday afternoon, Rotorua Area Commander Inspector Anaru Pewhairangi said police were committed to finding answers.

"Rotorua police are continuing to investigate the disappearance of Raymond and James Fleet. As we advised on Thursday, two bodies were found in Mamaku Forest on Thursday afternoon, while the bodies have not yet been formally identified, we believe they are Raymond and James Fleet," Pewhairangi said.

Armed police set up a cordon at Cecil Road on Friday morning - near where the bodies were found in the Mamaku bush.
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Armed police set up a cordon at Cecil Road on Friday morning - near where the bodies were found in the Mamaku bush.

Pewhairangi would not be drawn on any injuries the men had suffered and when asked if drugs or gangs were believed to be involved, said police would not rule anything in or out of the investigation.  

Police will be able to talk about the intimate details of the scene location at a later date, Pewhairangi said.

"Our focus right now is to establish exactly what has happened so we can provide answers to the Fleet family and whanau.

Cecil Road, near the Mamaku Forest, where two bodies have been found.
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Cecil Road, near the Mamaku Forest, where two bodies have been found.

"They are hurting, devastated, I can't imagine what it would be like to be in their shoes.

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"This is a family's worst nightmare."

If other members of the Rotorua community have any concerns about safety Pewhairangi advised they contact police.

"We would certainly like to think this is an isolated thing. 

"If there is any wider risk to the community then Rotorua Police will communicate that as quickly as we can."

An investigation team of about 30 officers are currently working to piece together the men's movements in the days leading up to the disappearance, Pewhairangi said.

Police would like to hear from anyone who has any information relating to Raymond and James or their disappearance, particularly anyone who may have heard or seen them between August 4 and 9.

"Please be assured we are committed to finding answers for the Fleet family and whanau and would like to thank all those who have contacted us with information so far."

Anyone with information can contact police on 07 349 9400 or information can also be provided anonymously via crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 - Stuff

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