Police have confirmed the identity of the man found in the Manawatu River on Friday.

He was 36-year-old Christopher Adam Neal, who was reported missing on Wednesday, February 22.

Earlier that day, the police dive squad completed an unsuccessful search in the river after Neal's car was found nearby.

Neal was last seen in Masterton on Monday morning and reported missing two days later.


There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, which will be referred to the Coroner.

Police extends our thoughts to Neal's family and friends at this sad time.