Scene being examined after body removed from Thames bush

A post-mortem will tomorrow be carried out on a body found in bush near Thames. Until then police can't confirm if it is that of Ann Louise Bunning who was last seen on January 30.
A post-mortem will tomorrow be carried out on a body found in bush near Thames. Until then police can't confirm if it is that of Ann Louise Bunning who was last seen on January 30.

A body discovered by a hunter in bush near Thames is being retrieved today.

Police say they won't be in a position to confirm who it is or the cause of death until a post-mortem examination is completed tomorrow.

The body could be that of missing Thames woman Ann Louise Bunning, 56, who had been living at the Te Puru Holiday Park.

Her brother, Anthony Gibbons, earlier told the Herald his sister practically vanished without a trace some time in early February.

Bunning had been living at the campsite for about a month before she disappeared.

A hunter found a body in a remote area of bush in the Te Puru Forks yesterday. Due to the remoteness of the body, a scene guard was placed at the area overnight until police could access it today.

Police today said the were conducting a scene examination of the area after the body was retrieved.

A post-mortem will now be completed tomorrow to confirm the cause of death.

"Until formal identification has taken place and next of kin have been advised, there is no further information available at this time."

The Te Puru Forks is a popular Department of Conservation walking track which also has swimming holes.

It is about an hour's walk off the Thames Coast Rd.

Police are continuing investigations into the 56-year-old's whereabouts after she was reported missing in early February.

Gibbons told the Herald he exchanged text messages with his sister on the morning of January 31.

"All seemed perfectly normal. That is the last contact I had with her," he said.

"Needless to say, we are very concerned and, given the time that has passed since Ann was last seen, somewhat fearful as to what may have happened. However, there is little we can do other than hope for the best."

It became apparent Bunning was missing when staff at the holiday park discovered she hadn't paid rent and her personal belongings were still inside her tent.

- NZ Herald

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