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Police confirm Levin man's remains found

Radio New Zealand Radio New Zealand 20/10/2016

Palmiro MacDonald disappeared in March, 2016 © NZ Police Palmiro MacDonald disappeared in March, 2016 Police have confirmed the skeletal remains found in a bush gully in the Tararua foothills last week are those of Levin man Palmiro MacDonald.

Palmiro MacDonald was last seen as a passenger in a silver 1994 Mercedes Benz 320 before he went missing in the week leading up to Easter.  

Police said, while the remains had been identified, the forensic examination was ongoing. Mr MacDonald was last seen in Levin on 23 March.

The bones were found during a police search of the foothills behind the Horowhenua town of Shannon, in the area around the Mangahao Dam.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Baskett said he hoped the discovery of Mr Palmiro's body would give his family and friends some closure.

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

"They ask for the space to work through this difficult time."

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