Police recover body of missing Takaka man

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The body of missing Takaka man James Rano Dick, known as Hemi has been found.

Last night, the Police dive squad found the 45-year-old’s body around 120 metres down the Takaka River from where he was last seen.

The body has been recovered and taken to Nelson and the death will be referred to the Coroner.

The Police Dive Squad arrived in Takaka yesterday along with three Nelson investigation staff to assist in the search for James who was reported missing by friends on Thursday, November 22.

The last known sighting of Hemi was at 3:30pm on Wednesday, November 23, when he was seen in waist-deep water, by the crusher plant below the rapids in the Takaka River.

He was wearing only khaki cargo pants.