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Found remains are gang member's: police

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/10/2016

Skeletal remains discovered in a gully in the Tararua foothills near Shannon are those of missing Nomad gang member Palmiro "Powser" MacDonald, police have confirmed.

The bones were discovered during a police search of the Mangahao Dam area early last week after information from the public.

On Thursday, police confirmed suspicions the remains belonged to Mr MacDonald, who was last seen on March 23.

"I hope that the discovery of Mr Palmiro's body will give his family and friends some closure," Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Baskett said.

An investigation into the death, including a forensic examination of the body, is still ongoing, he said.

"This is an significant event for the investigation as we continue to progress, however it's most significant for Mr MacDonald's whanau."

Last month police made a plea for holidaymakers in the area to contact them about the disappearance, and presumed death, of Mr MacDonald.

A 36-year-old father of three, Mr MacDonald was picked up from his Gardener Street, Levin home by an associate on the day he disappeared.

They visited a garage and a Hokio Beach home.

That property was burnt to the ground three days later in what police believe was an attempt to hide evidence.

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