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Nelson dead man was 'seriously assaulted'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/08/2016

A man whose body was discovered on a boat moored in Nelson was seriously assaulted, police have revealed.

Police are still at the scene where the unnamed man's body was discovered in the back of a white boat at Nelson Haven, opposite a skate park on State Highway Six, on Thursday morning.

"It appears the victim was subjected to a serious assault," Detective Inspector Paul Borrell said on Friday.

He is expected to address the media later in the day.

Detectives are urging commuters or skaters who frequent the area and may have noticed anything suspicious on Wednesday night or Thursday morning to come forward.

On Thursday, officers said they were following some positive leads from the public but were seeking further information.

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