Missing man's body found near Omokoroa


UPDATED: 4.43pmPolice has confirmed that the body of a man found this morning on the western side of the Omokoroa Peninsula has been formally identified as 23-year-old Tauranga man Shaun Hogarth.

Mr Hogarth went missing in Tauranga Harbour after a boating incident on Tuesday, 16 October.

Mr Hogarth's family have asked for privacy at this difficult time.

UPDATED: 2.12pm

A body has been recovered after it was found in the water near Omokoroa.

About 11.30am this morning a member of the public has located a body in knee deep water on the western side of the Omokoroa Peninsula.

Police believe the body is that of missing 23-year-old Tauranga man Shaun Hogarth, who went missing in Tauranga Harbour after a boating incident on Tuesday October 16.

Mr Hogarth's family have been advised that a body has been located.

The family have asked for privacy to deal with their grief.

Police will attempt to formally identify the body later today.

The matter will now be referred to the Coroner and police will be making no further comment.

Mr Hogarth was with three others in a stolen dinghy off shore from Omokoroa when the boat capsized on the evening of October 16.

The three other men all made it to shore, including 22-year-old Liam Kane who raised alarm with Omokoroa residents that night but has not been seen since.

The two other men, Dylan Baxter 25, and Samuel Butler, 22, have been charged with theft of a boat and were expected to next appear in Tauranga District Court on Friday.

If anyone knows of Liam Kane's whereabouts, they are asked to contact Tauranga police on 07 577 4300.

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At 11.33am this morning, police received a report of a body floating in the water at Omokoroa.

At this stage, it is unconfirmed that it is the body of boatie Shaun Hogarth, 23, who went missing on Tuesday night, October 16.

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