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Retimana was assaulted before he died

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/01/2017

A post mortem examination has established that homeless man Tama Retimana was assaulted before he died.

The 29-year-old had been camping with his partner near Pine Beach Reserve, on the eastern side of the Waikato River, and was last seen on Christmas Day before his body was discovered downstream by a kayaker a week ago.

He was found in the river wearing only black boxer shorts and black socks.

Detective Sergeant Terri Wilson says the post mortem results indicate Mr Retimana was assaulted before he was found dead.

"Our focus is now on the occupants of the campground situated at Pine Beach, as we search for the facts surrounding Mr Retimana's death," he says.

On Saturday police said they were continuing their search along the banks of the river with a focus on the camp site confirmed as belonging to Mr Retimana.

CCTV footage has been gathered from cameras throughout Hamilton's CBD area.

Police are trying to retrace Mr Retimana's final movements and said his partner was helping with their inquiries.

Police are continuing to speak to members of the homeless community to build a picture on Mr Retimana and his close associates.

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