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WA police find body near search for Kiwi

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/08/2016
Michael Junior Huria © WA Police Michael Junior Huria

Police have found a body in a national park north east of Perth in the search for a missing New Zealander.

Michael Junior Huria, 23, was reported missing last Monday in what relatives said might have been a spiritual journey.

A week later family and friends are mourning his death.

"Love you so much little brother I know your soul is at peace we will be together again one day brother fly high in the arms of the angels," his brother Tamati shared with a picture of the pair on Facebook.

He said while his younger brother looked up to him, he looked up to his little brother who had "nothing but love to give in a cruel world and never held back on that".

Mr Huria, who is believed to be from Wellington and also went by the surname Sullivan, hadn't been in touch with family or friends since leaving his Ellenbrook home just after 4am on August 22.

Western Australian police had been focusing their efforts in Upper Swan around the Apple Street and Great Northern Highway areas.

Officers received information on Sunday afternoon that a body had been found in the Walyunga National Park, close to Ellenbrook.

Police have not officially confirmed the body is that of Mr Huria, whose brother Tamati and father Mark made an appeal for earlier in the week.

"He's a bit lost at the moment," Tamati Huria said of his brother, who recently quit his job as a builder.

"We don't know but we think he might have gone out on a spiritual journey of some kind - he's quite inclined in that way."

Police were investigating whether Mr Huria's disappearance was connected with reports a woman hit a pedestrian with her car on Monday night.

The woman and police both searched for the pedestrian, who could not be found.

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