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Murder charge over missing Northland man

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/02/2017
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A man has been charged with the murder of Northland man Kimble Moore, who went missing in March last year.

The 35-year-old Far North man will appear in the Kaitaia District Court on Feburary 23.

The man charged with Mr Moore's murder is already in custody on other matters.

"It's been a long and tough year for Kimble's partner and family, and also for the dedicated officers working on this inquiry. It's very pleasing to finally be able to hold someone to account," Detective Senior Sergeant Rhys Johnston says.

Mr Moore, 48, from Waipapakauri, was reported missing by his partner from Taipa on March 18 and has been the subject of a long-running missing person's inquiry.

A week after Mr Moore went missing, police said he was last spotted with a fellow member of the Tribesman Motorcycle Club, Rawden James Yates, who was wanted for kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

Police upgraded the case to a homicide last August, before they discovered Mr Moore's body in a grave site in remote Northland bush in September.

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