Police seek help to identify man found in park

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Linton Park, Rotorua. PHOTO/ANDREW WARNER
Linton Park, Rotorua. PHOTO/ANDREW WARNER

Wednesday: Police have released more details about a man found dead in Rotorua's Linton Park reserve area on Monday, appealing to Bay of Plenty people for help to identify him.

Police have added the following details in the hope a member of the public will recognise his description.

Police said he was wearing the clothing pictured as well as khaki 'Dickies' shorts and shirt, and described him as:
- Likely Polynesian, possibly Maori
- Possibly in his 20s, but that is an estimate
- Dark short cropped hair
- Neatly groomed sideburns and facial hair
- Two noticeable scars on his right inner forearm
- No tattoos
- Yellow wrist band

If you know who this man might be or have any information that might assist, contact Rotorua Police on 07 348 0099.


Tuesday 3.37pm: Police are asking for information to help to identify a man found dead in Rotorua's Linton Park reserve area yesterday.

The death is not being treated as suspicious, but despite numerous enquiries police have been unable to establish who the man is.

Detective Sergeant Tony Colby said a public appeal was a last resort.

"We fully appreciate the sensitivity of this matter and making a public appeal of this nature is not a decision we take lightly.

We only take this step when we have exhausted all other avenues. It is important to us that we do everything possible to return this man to his family."

The man is described as:

Maori or Polynesian
- Age is unclear: possible in his 20s
- 190cm tall
- Solid build
- Short black hair
- Short facial hair
- Khaki 'Dickies' shorts and shirt
- Red 'Nike' shoes
- Blue 'Bulldogs' cap

If you know who this man might be or have any information that might assist, contact Rotorua Police on 07 348 0099.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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