Woman identified after her body was discovered by a family fishing group
Police have identified a woman whose body washed ashore on a private Napier beach on New Year’s Day.
A family, who were heading out on a fishing trip, discovered the 38-year-old’s body on a beach at Tangoio in Hawke’s Bay shortly before 2pm on Sunday.
Forest Manager Steve Bell said his work colleague had found the woman’s body when he took his family – including children – to the beach for a fishing trip.
“When they arrived there they walked down the beach and discovered it.”
Bell said the family was coping “OK” following the incident.
The woman was described as between 20 and 40 years old, with no tattoos or distinctive birthmarks.
Hawke’s Bay Police established her identity, with a vehicle belonging to her found near Napier’s beachfront, Marine Parade on Monday.
“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the 38-year-old Napier woman’s death,” Detective Sergeant Darren Pritchard said in a statement.
The matter has been referred to the Coroner.