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Body found off Tauranga identified

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/04/2017

A body found off the Tauranga coast is that of man who hadn't been since his car crashed into a river almost three weeks ago.

He was named as Simon Francis Neil Oliver, 53, from the small coastal Bay of Plenty town of Maketu.

His body was found on Monday afternoon near Pudney Rock.

Late on March 31, Mr Oliver's car was discovered submerged in the Kaituna River, between Tauranga and Maketu.

Police say the serious crash unit's investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.

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