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Probe continues into Rakaia body find

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/05/2016

<p><span style="font-size:13px;">A post-mortem is due to be carried out on a woman's body found near the Rakaia River.</span></p><p></p> © File photo

A post-mortem is due to be carried out on a woman's body found near the Rakaia River.

A post-mortem is due to be carried out on a woman's body found near the Rakaia River.

A homicide investigation has been launched after the body was discovered on Sunday after a number of fires in the area.

A member of the public spotted the body as they drove on Main Rakaia Road, near State Highway 1.

It was removed from the scene on Monday and a post-mortem will be carried out on Tuesday morning.

Police are yet to identify the woman.

Forensic teams are continuing to examine the scene and it is expected that the road will be closed for several days.

Police earlier said the discovery of the body was believed to be linked to a spate of fires in the area.

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