A body of a man thought to be missing has been found in Southland.

Police were searching Forest Hill Scenic Reserve area for Rhys Dunn when they found his body this afternoon.

There didn't seem to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and it had been referred to the coroner.

Next of kin were informed, police said.

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The family were being supported by police and victim support.

Police thanked volunteers who helped officers with the search.