Belinda Feek is a NZ Herald reporter

Police name person found near Raglan

Police search and rescue teams will head out to Papanui Point, south of Raglan [pictured], to investigate. Photo / Belinda Feek
Police search and rescue teams will head out to Papanui Point, south of Raglan [pictured], to investigate. Photo / Belinda Feek

Police have named the man who was found dead on a beach near Raglan.

He was Hamilton man Doyle Frickey.

Frickey, 67, was last seen fishing on the Ruapuke Rocks on September 25.

His body was found after reports of an object washed up on a beach south of Raglan.

Waikato police Senior Sergeant Pete Simpson confirmed search and rescue crews found a body washed up on rocks on Stony Beach, at Papanui Pt.

Formal identification would now take place.

The man's death will now be handed over to the coroner, he said.

Waikato police Senior Sergeant Vince Ranger said the body was discovered by a man collecting paua at the beach.

"He was down there collecting paua and he saw something that he thought was a body but he didn't get too close to it and reported it to police."

Police were informed of the body on Sunday but due to nightfall and difficult terrain the search was left until the following morning.

"It takes a long time to get out there and a long time to get down and communications are really bad," Simpson said.

- NZ Herald

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