Lifestyle

Human remains found on North Canterbury beach are ‘those of an adult’


Police have confirmed that human remains found on a North Canterbury beach are those of an adult.

The skeletal remains were found on Thursday morning by a dog walker on the stony Leithfield Beach, a remote section of the Hurunui coastline about 40 kilometres north of Christchurch.

Stuff understands the remains were partial, and they are thought to be those of a person who died in recent weeks.

Police carry human remains from Leithfield Beach north of Christchurch after their discovery by a dog walker.

STACY SQUIRES/Stuff

Police carry human remains from Leithfield Beach north of Christchurch after their discovery by a dog walker.

It is believed no-one has been reported missing in Canterbury in recent weeks who police suspect the remains might belong to.

Officer are carrying out further searches along the Amberley and Leithfield coastline, and it is hoped an autopsy on Friday will shed light on the identity of the remains.

READ MORE:
* Human remains found on North Canterbury beach
* Human remains found near Palmerston North stream
* Human remains found under Mt Eden property were encased in concrete
* Body of man who disappeared at Hawke’s Bay waterfall found

“Police continue to make enquiries in relation to the human remains located on Leithfield Beach yesterday,” said Senior Sergeant Stephen McDaniel.

“While police are yet to identify the remains, we are satisfied the deceased person is an adult.”

Officers taped off several hundred metres of the beach after being alerted to the grim discovery at about 8.30am on Thursday.

Speaking to Stuff from the scene, McDaniel said the remains were discovered at the high tide mark by someone walking their dog.

“A full medical examination will be carried out to identify the age and if it is male or female.”

Police set up a perimeter around a long stretch of the beach while they scoured it for evidence and remains.

STACY SQUIRES/Stuff

Police set up a perimeter around a long stretch of the beach while they scoured it for evidence and remains.

About seven police officers were at the beach, and surprised locals came down to watch the scene unfold.

Officers gently removed a piece of driftwood before carefully wrapping the remains in plastic sheeting, placing them in a blue bag and lifting them onto a stretcher, which they walked down the beach to a waiting police vehicle.

The remains were taken away at about 11.30am, before the perimeter was removed at about 12.10pm.

A fisherman at the beach said a cockle-dredger had gone through the area on Wednesday.

Officers scouring the remote North Canterbury beach after the find on Thursday.

STACY SQUIRES/Stuff

Officers scouring the remote North Canterbury beach after the find on Thursday.

Police said they were informed on Thursday morning that human remains had washed ashore at the beach.

“The remains were located by a member of the public who informed police just after 8.30am,” a spokeswoman said.

“At this time, the remains are unidentified and the circumstances are unknown.”

Inquiries are ongoing and police would not comment on any other details, she said.

Maritime NZ was not involved in the police investigation

“There are no Maritime NZ-led search and rescue operations in the area involving a missing person,” a spokesperson said.

Anyone with information or concerns should contact police on 111 and quote event number P049212549.



Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

close