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Body found under bookcase: report

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/11/2016

A Lower Hutt man's body has been found decomposing under a bookshelf after his family went to check on him following last week's earthquake, according to reports.

The body of 49-year-old James Loo was found on Hutt Road on Thursday night by a concerned relative, Fairfax reports.

An unnamed source said it was possible Mr Loo had died some time ago.

"It may be that he had been lying there for a while and that the earthquake caused the bookcase to come down," he told Fairfax.

A police spokeswoman confirmed police had been notified about the death earlier in the week.

She said the incident was not being treated as suspicious and had been referred to the coroner.

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